The Enoch Pratt Free Library has named Gordon Krabbe acting CEO, Baltimore's public library system announced in a news release Thursday.
Krabbe replaces longtime CEO Carla Hayden, who was confirmed by the U.S. Senate last month to head the Library of Congress.
Krabbe, who was selected as acting CEO by the library's board of trustees, has served as chief operating officer of the Enoch Pratt since 1989, the release said. The Pratt board has also began a nationwide search to find a permanent CEO.
"It is an honor to be selected by the library’s Trustees to serve the Pratt library in this role,” Krabbe, a Baltimore native, said in a statement. “My number one focus is to continue the Pratt’s mission of lifelong learning and equal access to all patrons across the City of Baltimore and the State of Maryland."
Hayden had been at the helm of the Pratt library since 1993. She will be the first woman and first African-American to head the Library of Congress.
Baltimore Sun reporter John Fritze contributed to this article.