RCLA Announces New Chief Executive Officer



The Ringling College Library Association announced today that Lauren Kurnov will join the organization as Executive Director effective December 1, 2022. Kurnov succeeds Stephanie Grosskreutz who will retire at the end of the year. The association’s board chair, Emily Walsh, is thrilled to welcome Kurnov to the organization. Originally from Sarasota, Kurnov returned to the area in 2015 with her husband, Gary, and two children. She has over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit and education sectors in various leadership roles. Locally, Kurnov has worked both at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee as Assistant Vice President of Student Success, as well as the Office of Outreach and Inclusive Excellence and Student Affairs at New College of Florida to promote community awareness and student success. Kurnov received her doctorate in education in 2021 from the University of South Florida, and she is proud to have been part of the class of 2018 at the Florida Gulf Coast Leadership Institute. Most recently, Kurnov ran for the Sarasota County School Board. Throughout her campaign, Lauren built a broad coalition of community support, garnered notable key supporters, and raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars in direct campaign contributions. Kurnov will lead the organization’s TOWN HALL lecture series, which begins Jan. 17 with Nobel Prize-winning journalist Maria Ressa. The Ringling College Library Association is dedicated to the continued development of the Alfred R. Goldstein Library at Ringling College of Art & Design and acts as a catalyst for the educational growth of students, faculty, and the community. To learn more about the Ringling College Library Association and the TOWN HALL series, visit RCLAssociation.org.


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