A new Chair of the Library Council

The Library is pleased to announce that Dayna Langfan, AB’83, has been appointed Chair of the University of Chicago Library Council. Langfan has served as a member of the Council since 2014, and assumed the role of Chair in July 2019. Since that time, she has helped establish the current iterations of the Library Council Nominating Subcommittee and Development Subcommittee.

Photo of Dayna Langfan
Photo by Jason Smith
Dayna Langfan, new Chair of the Library Council

Langfan succeeds Patrick Spain, BA’74, who joined the Council (then the Visiting Committee) in 2014 and served as Chair from 2015 to 2019. Spain has been an active supporter and friend to the Library for more than two decades.

“I would like to thank Patrick for his devotion to the Library and the Library Council,” said Brenda Johnson, Library Director and University Librarian. “The Library Council has benefited greatly from Patrick’s leadership, fueled by his expertise in the technology industry, coupled with his passion for digitizing older print material to make it available to a wider audience. We are grateful that he will continue on as a member of the Library Council.”

Langfan, a native New Yorker, earned her AB in Art History at the University of Chicago and JD at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. After practicing corporate and real estate law, she joined her family’s national commercial real estate investment firm, The Langfan Company, where she has been a managing partner for thirty years. She has served as a Board member, Secretary of the Board, and Trustee Emerita of the Horace Mann School, a Treasurer of the National Council of Jewish Women–New York Section, and a co-Treasurer of the Bard High School Early College–Queens PTA. She currently serves as a member of the National Advisory Council of Bard Early Colleges and is a trained facilitator with Parents in Action, an organization dedicated to fostering parental networks and encouraging communication between parents and children at home. A mother of four (one of whom is a graduate of the College), Dayna lives in New York City with her husband, Lawrence Heller, AB ’84, MBA ’88.