In August 2010, Jerome Offord, Jr. was appointed the Dean of Library Services and University Archives, Head, Dept of Library Science, and Assist Profession at Lincoln University, in Jefferson City, MO.
Jerome served as the Diversity Officer and Manger of Corporate Inclusion at OCLC from 2008 to 2010. As the Manager of Corporate Inclusion, he was responsible for building and developing external relationships and strategies to attract diverse talent to OCLC, and continuing to drive an internal culture that welcomes diversity as a critical contributor to the organization’s effectiveness. He also served as the Chair of the OCLC President’s Inclusion Council. The twenty-two (22) members of the OCLC President’s Inclusion Council. Jerome was also responsible for managing the OCLC Minority Librarian Fellowship and Internship Programs.
Prior to OCLC, Jerome was the Director of Diversity Initiatives at the Association of Research Libraries from 2003 to 2008. As the Director of Diversity Initiatives for the ARL, Mr. Offord managed a suite of programs including the Initaitive to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (a scholarship program); the Leadership and Career Development Program (a training program for mid-career librarians of Color); and the ARL Career Enhancement Program (a internship program for MLS graduate students of Color).
Jerome is currently enrolled at Simmons College in Boston, MA, where he is working on his PhD in Managerial Leadership in the LIS profession. Jerome has earned a Masters of Science in Library Science from Catholic University; a Masters of Science in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado State University ; and, a Bachelors of Science in Agriculture from Lincoln University of Missouri.
Jerome has extensive nonprofit management and grant writing experience. He has served in various leadership roles within his church, fraternity, and other community groups.
Jerome is currently serving as the National Archivist for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (the “Fraternity”). The Fraternity, founded in 1906 at Cornell University, is the world’s oldest intercollegiate fraternity founded by the African American men.
Jerome is a Life Member of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and the Lincoln University of Missouri National Alumni Association.