Photograph by Ed Conway
Following a nation-wide search, the 57-year-old Grondahl, who earned his bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma and his master’s degree at UAlbany, was selected to succeed Donald Faulkner, who retired last year.
William Kennedy, the Founder and Executive Director of the Writers Institute said, “Paul is a great choice for director of the Writers Institute for a lot of reasons. Above all, he’s a serious writer. He’s very savvy about literature and writers, and as a journalist, he’s nonpareil – maybe the best we’ve had in this town in 30 years or more.”
We agree wholeheartedly with Kennedy with the exception of the word “maybe.”
Grondahl will wrap up more than 30 years at The Times Union on Friday, February 17, and he’ll begin at the NYS Writers Institute on Tuesday, February 21.
Congratulations to Paul Grondahl on a well-deserved honor and an exciting new journey…