CoSA Announces New Executive Director

Jan 02, 2018


Council of State Archivists Announces New Executive Director

The Council of State Archivists (CoSA) announced that Barbara Teague will be CoSA’s new executive director as of January 1, 2018, succeeding Anne Ackerson after her successful five-year executive director tenure.  Ms. Teague’s selection was the culmination of a five-month nationwide search conducted by CoSA’s Executive Director Search Committee.  
Ms. Teague has most recently served as a consultant for CoSA since 2016, coordinating CoSA’s member services and communications, authoring  A National Risk:  The State of State Electronic Records, 2017 for CoSA’s State Electronic Records Initiative, and initiating the work of CoSA’s recent National Leadership grant award from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).  Prior to that, Teague served as Kentucky State Archivist and Records Administrator from 2008 to 2015, as part of her thirty-two-year career at the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives.  Teague is a former CoSA President, Board of Directors and committee member, and a Distinguished Fellow of the Society of American Archivists. She received a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Virginia, and a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Kentucky.  
“I am pleased to welcome Barbara Teague as our new executive director,” said CoSA President, Maryland State Archivist Tim Baker. “Her experience and broad knowledge of state and territorial archives will be a great benefit to CoSA and to our partners in state and territorial governments.”
“I am honored to be selected to serve CoSA as its executive director,” said Ms. Teague, “to continue CoSA’s innovative work in finding positive solutions to many pressing archival and records management issues, particularly electronic records and digital preservation.”   
Teague succeeds outgoing executive director Anne Ackerson, who will be concentrating on her teaching, writing, and consulting work.  Ms. Ackerson will also continue her association with CoSA, overseeing CoSA communications and publications.  
Mr. Baker said, “CoSA has benefitted so much from Anne Ackerson’s skills in strategic visioning and analytical thinking.  Her time as our executive director resulted in a stronger organization and stronger relationships with our partners, donors, and sponsors.”  
Among Ms. Ackerson’s many significant contributions to CoSA were: completing two federal grants, two federal cooperative agreements, and starting an additional federal grant; improving strategic planning and board and organizational development; increasing the number of corporate sponsors and individual donors; and overseeing creation of CoSA’s sustainability plan, an ambitious blueprint for CoSA’s future.  
The CoSA office is relocating from Albany, New York to Frankfort, Kentucky. The new contact information is:  PO Box 1583, Frankfort, KY  40602-1583, Telephone: 502.229.8222.


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