Brett Bonfield

Princeton Public Library director Brett Bonfield is moving to Ohio. The Board of Trustees announced that he would depart April 12 to become chief operations officer of the public library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County in Ohio.

Bonfield, who joined the Princeton library in 2016, oversaw renovations to the library’s facilities and enhanced its partnerships with the municipal government, schools, and area nonprofits. A new position, community engagement coordinator, was created during his tenure.

“We have accomplished a great deal in the past three years, improving the library’s physical space, its collection, its technology, its organizational structure, its endowment allocation, the skills and diversity of its staff, and the range and comprehensiveness of the services it offers,” Bonfield said. “I will always cherish my time here and will apply the lessons I have learned throughout the remainder of my career,” Bonfield said in a statement.

“I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with library staff, with the Trustees, Foundation and Friends as well as with our elected officials and colleagues in the municipality, our community partners, and our thousands of devoted donors and community members,” he said. “They are the reason this library is the best in the state, the best for its size in the country, and one of the best libraries in the world.”

The board plans to appoint an interim director and will create a committee to conduct a nation-wide search for his successor.

This story was originally published in the March 2019 Princeton Echo.