Mission and History
Ringling College Library Association, established in 1975, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the ongoing development of Verman Kimbrough Memorial Library at Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, Florida, and acts as a catalyst for the educational growth of students, faculty, and community.
Each year students, faculty, artists, designers, journalists and community members make more than 100,000 visits to Kimbrough Library. In its 30+-year history, the Ringling College Library Association has raised more than $3.4 million, funding the purchase of books, periodicals, DVDs, hand-made artist books, research materials, on-line services for Kimbrough Library and for student scholarships.
Members of the Library Association can access and check out materials at the Kimbrough Library and receive discounts on Ringling College Continuing Studies classes. Membership has many others benefits as well - click here for Library Association Membership information.
To learn more about the history of the Library Association and Verman Kimbrough, click here to download a PDF. (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader. Get it for free.)
For 32 years the highly acclaimed TOWN HALL Lecture Series has been the Library Association’s primary fundraiser. Sarasota’s premiere lecture series, TOWN HALL brings high-caliber speakers on a broad range of topics and viewpoints to Sarasota-area audiences.
2012-2013 Board of Directors
PRESIDENT: Merry Williams
The Board of Directors acts as the governing body for the Ringling College Library Association.
PRESIDENT ELECT: Kristine Nickel
FIRST VICE PRESIDENT: Karen Eastmore
SECOND VICE-PRESIDENT: Kathy Stern
TREASURER: Kristine Cox
RECORDING SECRETARY: Wendy Weiss
CORRESPONDING SECRETARY: Becky Mahoney
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT: Stacey Corley
PARLIAMENTARIAN: Nancy Morgan
TOWN HALL 2013: Stephanie GrossKreutz
TOWN HALL 2014: Jay Logan
PUBLIC RELATIONS/HISTORIAN: Renee Eppard
FINANCE & INVESTMENT/PLANNED GIVING & ENDOWMENT: Dan Hoffe
NEWSLETTER EDITOR: Susan Pore
ART LECTURE SERIES: Chair-Deanne Spoor; Chicky Drost & Ginny McCloskey: Co-Chairs
MEMBERSHIP EVENT: Kathy Standard & Ollie Johnson
SCHOLARSHIP: Grace Riker
MEMBER-AT-LARGE: Kathleen Weiner
MEMBER-AT-LARGE: Olivia Thomas
EX OFFICIO; RCAD PRESIDENT: Dr. Larry Thompson
EX OFFICIO; RCAD DIRECTOR OF LIBRARY SERVICES: Kathleen List
LEGAL COUNCIL: Robert Kimbrough