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Frostburg State University Names Dr. Lea Messman-Mandicott as Director of Ort Library

Frostburg State University Names Dr. Lea Messman-Mandicott as Director of Ort Library

Dr. Lea Messman-Mandicott has been named director of Frostburg State University’s Lewis J. Ort Library, selected following a national search. A part of the Ort Library staff since 1991, she was most recently associate director for library technology.

“Dr. Messman-Mandicott rapidly rose to the top of the applicant pool with outstanding credentials and experience. It is a compliment to her and to Frostburg State University that she continues her service here following over 20 years of increasing responsibility in the Ort Library,” said Interim Provost Dr. William P. Childs. “Her knowledge of all areas of library services, and her intimate knowledge of the Ort Library in particular, indicate that Frostburg State is well-positioned to meet cutting-edge library services as we continue to transform into a future-focused institution. We are excited about her leadership in the years ahead.”

Before joining FSU in 1989, Messman-Mandicott worked in libraries at Cornell University and Clemson University. She earned a Doctor of Education degree from West Virginia University, Master of Library Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the State University of New York, College of Arts and Sciences at Geneseo. Her research interests include copyright laws and intellectual property rights, and library services to distance and remote users.

Messman-Mandicott succeeds Dr. David Gillespie, who is retiring after nearly 30 years of directing the library through the many technological changes that university libraries have undergone in recent years. He has also built the library’s archives and special collections of historical documents, most notably the J. Glenn Beall Archives, which hold four major collections: the Beall Archives, containing the papers of the elder and younger Senators Beall; the Meyers and Perlo collections, comprising what is believed to be the nation’s most extensive gathering of materials related to the American Communist Party; and the Price collection of photos and film of the B&O and Western Maryland railroads and the C&O Canal.

For more information about the Lewis J. Ort Library, visit

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit or Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.


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