NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Paige Owens has been chosen to serve as New Hanover County Public Library’s new director beginning July 1. Owens, who currently serves as the library’s assistant director, will replace Library Director Harry Tuchmayer, who is retiring after 38 years with the county on June 30.
“Harry has served in almost every role at our public library and has brought incredible advances in our library system over his 38-year career with the county,” said County Manager Chris Coudriet. “He will certainly be missed but I am pleased to say that Paige Owens will assume the role of library director when Harry retires, and we couldn’t be in better hands. Paige has worked hand-in-hand with Harry for many years and will continue to ensure our library system is innovative and exceeds the needs of our citizens.”
After two years working part-time in the downtown library’s children’s room, Owens joined New Hanover County full time in 2000 working in increasingly responsible positions at the Northeast Library before becoming the library system’s assistant director in 2011.
Owens credits Harry Tuchmayer and his predecessor, David Paynter, along with New Hanover County Commissioners and management for establishing the library’s statewide reputation for innovation and efficiency: “The foundation has been laid,” Owens says. “We have a terrific team and I’m excited to take them to the next level.”
Owens earned her Master’s in Library Science at the University of Washington in Seattle and a Master’s in English from San Diego State. Originally from California, she worked in the Sacramento and San Bernardino County library systems before moving to Wilmington in 1996.
Learn more about the New Hanover County Public Library here.