Past PLA Executive Directors

Below is a list of past PLA Executive Directors (titled Executive Secretary prior to 1981) since 1944. For the current Executive Director and other staff, please visit the Contact Us page.

  • Joseph Potaczek (acting 2009)
  • Greta K. Southard (1996–2009)
  • George M. Needham (1993–1996)
  • Bridget Bradley (interim 1992)
  • Eleanor J. "Joey" Rodger (1986–1992)
  • Shirley Mills-Fischer (as Shirley C. Mills 1978–1979; 1980–1986)
  • Andrew M. Hansen (1976–1978)
  • Gerald M. Born (1970–1976)
  • Eleanor A. Ferguson (1957–1969)
  • Dorothy K. Smith (interim 1956–1957)
  • S. Janice Kee (1952–1956)
  • Helen A. Ridgway (acting 1951–1952)
  • Eleanor Pain (1948–1951)
  • Ruth W. Gregory (1946–1948)
  • Nordica Fenneman (acting 1946)
  • Julia Wright Merrill (1944–1946)

Some tenure dates are approximate, based on archival documents such as Board minutes, conference proceedings, etc.