There was just an election for three four-year terms on the Riverside Public Library Board of Trustees back on April 4, but the library board will be appointing a new member in a couple of weeks.
That’s because while incumbents Joan Wiaduck, the library board president, and Michael Flight, the treasurer, were elected on April 4, no one ran for the third seat up for election.
As a result, the library board has decided to appoint Riverside resident Michael Hagins to the post. He will be officially sworn in at the library board’s next meeting on May 9 and will serve until the next municipal election in 2019 when he’ll have the option to run for the remaining two years.
“There’s definitely a lot going on and a lot of movement,” said Hagins, 38, who is director of neurosciences at Loyola University Medical Center. “It’s an honor to have been selected.”
Hagins is the second person to be appointed to the library board in the past six weeks. The board named Courtney Greve Hack to the board on March 14 to fill the position left vacant by Ed Lyons, who resigned when he moved out of the community.
Both Greve Hack and Hagins are parents of young children, something of particular interest to a library board planning a major fundraising effort to make over the lower level of the Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, which houses the Youth Services Department.
“He was like Courtney, so enthusiastic,” said Wiaduck, who said she hopes the lower-level renovation will be complete by the time her next terms ends in 2021. “We’re undertaking a very big fundraising operation, so we really wanted people who were going to be all for it and a good fit.”
Hagins had applied for the job when the library board announced Lyons’ resignation. At the time, library officials, knowing there would be another opening after the election, asked if those candidates wanted to be considered for the subsequent opening.
When he received word he was the choice, Hagins said he was up for the job.
“There’s a lot of opportunity to make the library more current, make it a better place for the community,” said Hagins, whose wife is a Riverside native. The couple has two children, 13 and 3. “It’s such a good place to have in our community and to support.”
Hagins, who has an MBA from the Keller School of Management at DeVry University, has been a hospital practice administrator since 2005.