Pritzker Military Library Welcomes New Personnel

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On February 1, 2012, the Library’s Board of Directors promoted Kenneth A. Clarke from Vice President of Administration and Operations to President and Chief Executive Officer; and in April of 2012, the Library welcomed Col. Paul C. Hastings to its Board of Directors.

“I’m proud to welcome Clarke and Colonel Hastings to their leadership roles,” says Library founder and Chair Col. (IL) J.N. Pritzker IL ARNG (Ret.). “They bring a wealth of executive experience in the nonprofit, business and military worlds."

Kenneth A. Clarke, who holds a B.A. in English and Political Science from Taylor University and an M.A. in English from Miami University of Ohio, is a longtime veteran of Chicago’s nonprofit sector. Having worked for many of Chicago’s and the Midwest’s best-known cultural, educational, and social service organizations including the Poetry Center of Chicago at the School of the Art Institute, the John G. Shedd Aquarium, the Ohio State University, and Safer Foundation, Clarke brings nearly two decades of experience in development, strategic planning, and nonprofit executive leadership to the position.

Col. Paul C. Hastings holds a B.A. in Business Administration and Finance from Texas A&M University, an MBA from Grantham University, and a Masters of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. He currently serves as a Senior Bank Examiner with the Federal Deposit Insurance Commission (FDIC), and is a highly decorated officer in the U.S. Army and Illinois National Guard. He has served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and currently commands the Illinois Army National Guard’s 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team. He is a recipient of the Order of St. George Medallion, the Order of St. Maurice Medallion, the Order of St. Barbara Medallion, and the General Douglas McArthur Leadership Award. Earlier this year, he was, by an act of the U.S. Senate, confirmed as eligible for promotion to the rank of Brigadier General.

“I’m proud to welcome Clarke and Colonel Hastings to their leadership roles,” says Library founder and Chair Col. (IL) J.N. Pritzker IL ARNG (Ret.). “They bring a wealth of executive experience in the nonprofit, business and military worlds to their new roles at the Library. They’ll strengthen and benefit the Library as we move forward, and their work will consolidate the Library’s role as a leading member of Chicago’s cultural community.”

Founded in 2003, the Pritzker Military Library is a unique repository of over 60,000 books, manuscripts, artworks, artifacts, primary source documents, films, and audio recordings dedicated to exploring the role, concept, and experiences of America’s Citizen Soldiers. It is located in the historic Monroe Building, in the heart of the Chicago Loop across from Millennium Park and the Art Institute of Chicago.

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