PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Athenaeum trustees have approved Alex Reczkowski, supervisor of technical services at the city library, to become the next director of the institution.

Reczkowski, who was nominated by a search committee in January to succeed longtime director Ronald Latham, received the trustees' unanimous approval on Tuesday. The starting salary offer was set by trustees at $62,022, Latham said following the meeting.

Latham, 63, director since 1992, will retire as of June 30.

Reczkowski was one of four finalist candidates interviewed in early January by the search committee, which chose to unanimously forward his name to the trustees during a meeting later last month.

He has worked at the Pittsfield library for the past five years, and previously worked at two academic libraries — Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley, Ga., and at Hampden-Sydney College in Hampden-Sydney, Va.

Reczkowski, 35, also has served as chairman of the city Artscape Committee; acted as stage manager for the Shakespeare in the Park plays held at The Common off First Street, and volunteers with the Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

"This is a really exiting time," Reczkowski said Wednesday. "I am thankful for the support of the board of trustees and the community. And for having the next few months to work with Ron Latham, who is a really strong mentor."


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