David Ferriero, tenth Archivist of the United States, will retire in April 2022 after 12 years of service to the National Archives and Records Administration.
In one blog post On Thursday, Ferriero reflected on his accomplishments and accomplishments as an archivist while stressing the continued need for “thoughtful and deliberate progress and transformation” within the National Archives as the impetus for his departure.
“As I wrote to President Biden, it has been the honor of a lifetime to serve my country once again, this time to lead the executive branch agency charged with ensuring that the American people can stand its responsible government and learn from the past by accessing our country’s archives,” Ferriero wrote.
Ferriero was confirmed as the tenth Archivist of the United States on November 6, 2009. During his tenure, he led several initiatives aimed at agency transformation, public access and engagement, improved security and stronger partnerships with traditional and new stakeholders.
Celebrating NARA’s modernization efforts, Ferriero said, “We have become a leader in transitioning government to a digital future, electronic records management and open government principles. »
He notably served as archivist during a period of opening of new facilities under NARA administration, including the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas, Texas, and the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Ferriero also led the transition of National Archives locations in New York and Denver to new facilities.
Prior to his position as Archivist, Ferriero served as Andrew W. Mellon Director of New York Public Libraries, where he was responsible for integrating four research libraries and 87 secondary libraries into a central user service, which enabled NYPL to be recognized as the nation’s largest public library system.
Assistant Archivist Debra Steidel Wall will serve as interim archivist until Ferriero’s successor is nominated by President Biden and confirmed by the Senate.