Library board welcomes new member and honors outgoing president
Jeffrey Eummer, who works in Ursuline College's chemistry department, has been appointed to the board of trustees of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library. His term will begin in January.
Eummer, 50, has lived in Cleveland Heights for four years with his wife, Laura, and son. He replaces outgoing board president Esther Moss who is retiring after 14 years.
The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education approved the selection of Eummer at its Dec. 6 meeting. The local school board appoints the trustees as it is the tax authority for the public library.
In addition to being a lab coordinator at Ursuline, Eummer has taught chemistry at Lakeland Community College in Ohio and Martin University in Indiana. He has worked as a chemist for a variety of companies, including Bristol-Myers Squibb. From 1997-99, he served as president of the Connecticut chapter of the National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBChE), a group that encourages minorities to pursue careers in chemistry and engineering.
He has also coached his son’s Cleveland Heights recreation league baseball team.
His background in science and his passion for science education are part of what inspired him to apply for the position. “I’d like to be the library’s liaison to the community, especially as it relates to STEM education—science, technology, engineering and math,” said Eummer. “With bookstores, newspapers, and other sources of information going out of business, our library is becoming an even more crucial source of education and information for the community.”
Moss joined the library board in 1999 and served on both the planning and external relations and operations committees. She served as president in both 2005 and 2012 and as secretary in 2010. “Her dedication and service to our community and our libraries has been steadfast,” said Nancy Levin, Heights Libraries director. “We will miss her.”
Moss’s interest in libraries and literacy grew from her years teaching children with learning and behavioral disabilities in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.
Sheryl Banks is the marketing and community relations manager for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library.