Past PLA Presidents

Below is a list of past PLA Presidents from 1944 until present day. Their dedication to public libraries and participation in PLA will not be forgotten. For the current President and other officers, please visit the Board of Directors page.

  • Pam Sandlian Smith (2017–2018)
  • Felton Thomas, Jr. (2016–2017)
  • Vailey Oehlke (2015–2016)
  • Larry Neal (2014–2015)
  • Carolyn Anthony (2013–2014)
  • Eva Poole (2012–2013)
  • Marcia A. Warner (2011–2012)
  • Audra L. Caplan (2010–2011)
  • Sari Feldman (2009–2010)
  • Carol Sheffer (2008–2009)
  • Jan Sanders (2007–2008)
  • Susan Hildreth (2006–2007)
  • Daniel L. Walters (2005–2006)
  • Clara Nalli Bohrer (2004–2005)
  • Luis Herrera (2003–2004)
  • Jo Ann Pinder (2002–2003)
  • Toni Garvey (2001–2002)
  • Kay Runge (2000–2001)
  • Harriet Henderson (1999–2000)
  • Christine L. Hage (1998–1999)
  • Ginnie Cooper (1997–1998)
  • Linda Mielke (1996–1997)
  • LaDonna Kienitz (1995–1996)
  • Judy Drescher (1994–1995)
  • Pat A. Woodrum (1993–1994)
  • Elliot Shelkrot (1992–1993)*
  • June Garcia (1991–1992)
  • Charles M. Brown (1990–1991)
  • Sarah Ann Long (1989–1990)
  • Melissa Buckingham (1988–1989)
  • Susan S. Kent (1987–1988)
  • Kathleen M. Balcom (1986–1987)
  • Patrick O'Brien (1985–1986)
  • Charles W. Robinson (1984–1985)*
  • Nancy M. Bolt (1983–1984)
  • Donald J. Sager (1982–1983)*
  • Agnes M. Griffen (1981–1982)
  • Robert Rohlf (1980–1981)*
  • Ronald A. Dubberly (1978–1980)
  • Genevieve M. Casey (1976–1978)*
  • Dorothy M. Sinclair (1974–1976)*
  • Lewis C. Naylor (1973–1974)
  • David Henington (1972–1973)
  • Effie Lee Morris (1971–1972)*
  • Andrew Geddes (1970–1971)
  • June E. Bayless (1969–1970)
  • Willard O. Youngs (1968–1969)
  • Helen E. Fry (1967–1968)
  • David Marshall Stewart (1966–1967)*
  • Alta Park (1965–1966)
  • William Chait (1964–1965)
  • Ransom L. Richards (1963–1964)
  • Clara E. Breed (1962–1963)*
  • Harold L. Hamill (1961–1962)
  • Elinor Walker (1960–1961)
  • James E. Bryan (1959–1960)*
  • Lura G. Currier (1958–1959)
  • Arthur H. Parsons, Jr. (1957–1958)
  • John T. Eastlick (1956–1957)
  • Mildred W. Sandoe (1955–1956)*
  • Ruth W. Gregory (1954–1955)*
  • Jack B. Spear (1953–1954)
  • Ruth Rutzen (1952–1953)
  • Harold F. Brigham (1951–1952)
  • Helen M. Harris (1950–1951)

Past Division of Public Libraries Presidents (Oct. 1944–Aug. 1950)

  • John S. Richards (1949–1950)
  • Louis M. Nourse (1948–1949)
  • Forrest B. Spaulding (1947–1948)*
  • Carl Vitz (1946–1947)*
  • Amy Winslow (1945–1946) — Provisional officers until permanent officers elected.
  • Amy Winslow (1944–1945) — Provisional officers until permanent officers elected.

* confirmed deceased