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The Institute Library has announced that Natalie Elicker will succeed Will Baker as the organization’s executive director.

In a press release issued by the organization on Tuesday, Greg Pepe, the president of the library’s board, was quoted as saying, “Our search presented us with many candidates from right here in New Haven, as well as from states all over the country. … Natalie stood out as having the qualities we are seeking to continue the work the current team started, as well as the talents to successfully pursue new initiatives and opportunities for growth.”

Elicker received her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Virginia.

“While there she also worked at the Rare Book School, coordinating faculty and student use of rare teaching materials,” The Institute Library’s press release indicates.

Elicker, who’ll begin her tenure at the library on May 12, has been working as an associate in the New Haven law offices of Wiggin and Dana.

Baker, who assumed the library’s executive directorship in February 2011, is stepping down to relocate to Pittsburgh, where his wife has secured a medical fellowship. Baker is widely credited with revitalizing The Institute Library, which, for all of its rich and important history, had become a largely forgotten organization.

Upon receiving a 2011 Arts Award from the Arts Council of Greater New Haven, Baker said, “When we stop and listen to the echoes and whispers of The Institute Library’s founders and first generations, we discover that the organization still has something to offer in the 21st century.”

In part through cultural programming such as theater performances and visual arts exhibitions, and by facilitating a recent merger with the New Haven Review, Baker has done a great deal to make The Institute Library a culturally relevant organization once again.

The Institute Library plans to host an event in May to welcome Elicker and bid farewell to Baker.

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