Wellesley officials announced Thursday that Christopher J. Lindquist, director of Westfield Athenaeum, will head up the town's library starting next month as the current director, Janice Coduri, retires.
Lindquist will begin his position on Oct. 2, according to library officials. His appointment came after a nationwide search and vetting process by a panel made of library trustees, staff and community members.
“Mr. Lindquist is a seasoned professional who understands the Wellesley Free Library’s position at the heart of the community,” said Beth Sullivan Woods, library trustee chair, in a statement. “We believe that the WFL will be well served by Chris’ leadership, enthusiasm, and vision.”
Lindquist said in the statement that he is excited to begin working in Wellesley.
"I look forward to meeting as many people from the community as I can in the months ahead so that I can connect with all those who have a stake in the library’s continuing growth and ongoing success," he said.
Lindquist has served as director of Westfield Athenaeum since 2003, and oversaw both library operations as well as those of the Jasper Rand Art Museum and the Edwin Smith Historical Museum.
He also involved himself heavily in the Westfield community: he co-founded Westfield on Weekends, Inc. (WOW), a non-profit that creates and sponsors Westfield community events, and has served on the boards of the Westfield Business Improvement District and the Kiwanis of Westfield, Wellesley officials said.
Prior to his work in Westfield, Lindquist worked as director of Sturgis Library in Barnstable. He earned his bachelor's degree from Trinity College in Connecticut, and a master's degree in library science from Columbia University in New York.