Rochester Hills Public Library Board of Trustees Names New Officers

The Rochester Hills Public Library (RHPL) Board of Trustees named new officers at its first meeting of the year. The board appointed Robert Bonam as president and Madge Lawson as vice-president. Anne Kucher was named secretary, and Gregg Christenson as treasurer. Chuck Stouffer and Suba Subbarao are board trustees. 

Robert Bonam headshot, wears a jacket and tie, has on glasses.
Robert Bonam

Bonam was first elected to the library board in 1984 and has since filled each position several times. During his tenure on the board, Bonam has managed the library’s investments, established an endowment fund, and launched a Bookmobile service. He also is a member of the Friends of Rochester Hills Public Library and has lived in Rochester Hills with his wife, Susan, for nearly 40 years. 

“I have witnessed major changes at the library after having served more than 35 years on the board,” said Bonam. “Nearly 30 years ago, we built the current library building at 500 Olde Towne Road, and I have enjoyed watching the library grow to accommodate a vibrant and bustling community. RHPL is truly one of the best libraries in the country, and I look forward to working again with our talented board members.”

Library Director Juliane Morian said she looks forward to working with the board in 2021 and beyond. 

“Bob’s experience as an accountant and his talent for negotiation has been a tremendous asset to the library board,” said Morian. “With enthusiasm and skill for public relations, Madge is a library champion! Anne’s experience as a teacher reinforces the library’s mission to support lifelong learners, and Gregg’s strategic vision for a first-rate library will help us move forward with a strategic plan through 2024.”

The library board is governed by an elected six-member board of trustees representing Rochester Hills. The board’s responsibilities include library operations, strategic planning, policy-making, and budgeting. The City of Rochester and Oakland Township receive library services through a contract and are represented by a non-voting liaison at board meetings. Michael Tyler represents Oakland Township, and Ayana Knox-Potts represents the City of Rochester.

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