Community Steward


Airdate: December 21, 2017

Lenoir 'Lee' Keesler is president and CEO of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, one of America's leading urban public library systems. Lee provides overall strategic vision, direction and leadership for the organization and oversight of enterprise administration and Library Foundation activities. He also serves as relationship manager for the Library-Mecklenburg County partnership. Prior to joining the Library, Lee served as president and CEO of the Arts & Science Council of Charlotte-Mecklenburg and primarily in wholesale banking leadership roles for First Union/Wachovia Bank (now Wells Fargo Bank). He holds a BA in economics from Duke University and an MBA from Wake Forest University. 

This episode is perfect for anyone interested in the future of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and in hearing about a life of community care and stewardship. 


  • Lee discusses what is a library, the many different services the library delivers, and the opportunities the library has in the years ahead.

  • He shares the vision and 'top of the house' theme for a new main library, what the main library will 'major' and 'minor' in, and Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs.

  • He identifies the architects who that will design the new main library, what they are being charged to create, and the contributions they are making.

  • Lee shares the history of his family in the Carolinas.

  • He reveals the sport he gravitated to as a young man and why he chose his career.

  • Lee discusses the three chapters of his life that he charted, whether he thinks of himself as a banker, and what motivated him to seek different work.

  • He explains what the Royal Dornoch Golf Club has to do with heaven.

  • Lee talks about the books he likes to read and his interest in books about women by women narrated by women.

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: The Encouragement To Go Far   

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  • What struck you about Lee's comments?

  • What is a library to you?

  • How are you rooted in your community?

  • How are you a community steward?

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This episode is sponsored by Blumenthal Performing Arts, celebrating its 25th year presenting the best in performing arts. 

Further support is provided by the Arts and Science Council, Charlotte-Mecklenburg's resource hub and lead advocate for the regional cultural community, providing Culture for All.