Personnel Announcements

Appointments | Retirements

Appointments

March 2014

Jenna Phillips will rejoin Vanderbilt University Press as Marketing Associate. Previous to her current role with Vanderbilt Alumni Relations, Phillips was Editorial Assistant at the press.

Puja Telikicherla Boyd will be joining the University of Washington Press in early April 2014 as Intellectual Property Manager. Puja recently held this position at Georgetown University Press.

Kelly Gray will be returning to the University of Tennessee Press as a Designer at the end of March 2014. Gray was most recently a designer for the University of Illinois Press.

February 2014

Ann-Christine Racette will join Fordham University Press as Design and Production Manager at the end of March. Racette was most recently Digital and Print Production Manager at Northwestern University Press.

Frances Pinter has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Manchester University Press. Pinter has served as Interim CEO since August 2013.

Mike Bieker has been named Director of the University of Arkansas Press. Bieker was previously Assistant Director and Business Manager at the press.

December 2013

Jill McConkey has joined University of Manitoba Press as Acquisitions Editor. Previously, McConkey spent more than 10 years in the editorial department at University of Toronto Press.

Tom Helleberg will be joining the University of Washington Press in March as Chief Financial Officer. Helleberg was most recently Business Manager at NYU Press.

Hannah New is joining the University of Utah Press as Marketing Manager. New comes to Utah from Southern Illinois University Press, where she worked in acquistions editorial before making the switch to marketing.

Jay Dew is joining Texas A&M University Press as Senior Editor, acquiring in history and political science. Dew was most recently Acquisitions Editor at the University of Oklahoma Press.

November 2013

Sylvia Mendoza is joining the University of Arizona Press as Editorial and Production Manager. Mendoza's most recent positions have been with Plural Publishing and School Specialty, but she has also worked at University of Chicago Press.

Amanda Piell also joined the University of Arizona Press as Production Editor. Piell was most recently Production Editor at the University of New Mexico Press.

Zoya Lozoya recently joined the University of New Mexico Press as Marketing Associate. Lozoya previously served as a marketing intern for Stanford University Press.

Lauren Consuelo Tussing also recently joined the University of New Mexico Press as Publicist. Lauren previously worked as Marketing Coordinator at Louisiana State University Press.

Aaron Javsicas has joined Temple University Press as Senior Editor, acquiring titles in political science, criminology, and urban studies. Most recently, Javsicas was an editor at W.W. Norton, acquiring textbooks in political science and psychology.

October 2013

Vanessa Rusch is joining the University of Alabama Press as Managing Editor. Rusch was most recently a senior communications specialist on campus at Alabama.

Wendi Schnaufer recently joined the University of Alabama Press as Senior Acquisitions Editor for archaeology and anthropology. Schnaufer previously worked with Alta Mira / Rowman and Littlefield.

Blanche Sarratt has also recently joined the University of Alabama Press, as Assistant to the Director.

Angela Burton returned to the University of Illinois Press to serve as Rights & Permissions and Awards Manager from Indiana University Press, where she was the Managing Editor.

Abby Collier has also joined the University of Pittsburgh Press as Acquisitions Editor for the history and philosophy of science. Collier was previously an Assistant Editor with the University of Chicago Press.

Sandy Crooms will join the University of Pittsburgh Press as Editorial Director on October 28. Crooms has a wealth of experience in both marketing and acquisitions at university presses, including Nevada, Colorado, and most recently as Senior Editor at Ohio State.

September 2013

David Rosenbaum has been named director of the University of Missouri Press, beginning November 1. Rosenbaum was previously Director of Product Development and Project Management for the American Heart Association.

Charles Myers began his tenure as Director of the University Press of Kansas on September 23.

Valentina Kalk has been named Director of Brookings Institution Press. Kalk was previously chief of United Nations Publications.

August 2013

Kevin Cunningham joined the University of Illinois Press as Catalog and Copywriter Coordinator. Kevin previously worked for the University of Chicago Press as a Direct Mail Copywriter.

Kyle Kuhn has been hired by Georgetown University Press as Digital Editor for Languages. Kuhn was most recently Senior Curriculum Designer for Rosetta Stone.

Milica Cosic is also joining Georgetown University Press, as Publishing Assistant and Permissions Coordinator. Cosic joins the press from the Mind Fitness Training Institute, a nonprofit run by Georgetown University Professor Elizabeth Stanley.

Kristi Henson is joining the University of Missouri Press as Marketing Manager. Henson was most recently Marketing Director for Nonfiction Trade at Thomas Nelson Publishers.

July 2013

Lisa Tremaine joined University of New Mexico Press as Art Director and Senior Book Designer. Tremaine has served as a book designer for numerous publishers, including the University of Texas Press and Penn State Press.

Mark Saunders has been named Director of the University of Virginia Press, after serving as Interim Director and Editor-in-Chief since Penelope Kaiserlian's retirement in July 2012. Saunders has been at the press since 1995, most recently as Assistant Director.

Paul Courant, Dean of Libraries at the University of Michigan, will be assuming responsibility for Michigan Publishing, into which the University of Michigan Press has now been fully integrated.

June 2013

Robert Sloan has been appointed Interim Editor-in-Chief of Indiana University Press. Sloan has served as Editorial Director of the press for 10 years and has been an editor with the press since 1986.

Gillian Berchowitz will become Director of Ohio University Press as of July 1. Berchowitz has been with the press for 25 years, most recently in the capacity of Editorial Director.

Rick Huard has been promoted at Ohio University Press to Acquisitions Editor as of July 1. Huard was formerly a Project Editor at the press.

Linda Manning will join Northern Illinois University Press as its new Director on July 16. Manning spent the past two years as Marketing and Sales Manager at The University of Utah Press, and previously managed marketing at NIU Press.

Eric L. Miller has also joined Northern Illinois University Press as Marketing and Sales Coordinator. Miller is a principle and co-founder of Miller Trade Book Marketing.

Sian Hunter has been promoted to Assistant Editor-in-Chief at the University Press of Florida. In 2011, Hunter joined UPF as an editor-at-large and was brought on full-time as a Senior Acquisitions Editor in September 2012.

Michael Kehoe has joined the University Press of Kansas as Marketing and Sales Director. His marketing and sales experience includes Harper San Francisco, the University Press of New England, and, most recently, the University of Michigan Press.

Natasha Varner will join the University of Washington Press as Publicity Manager on June 19. Varner previously coordinated the Mellon-funded First Peoples: New Directions in Indigenous Studies publishing collaboration between University of Arizona Press, University of Minnesota Press, University of North Carolina Press, and Oregon State University Press.

May 2013

Michael Duckworth has joined the University of Hawai'i Press as Director. Duckworth was previously Director and Publisher at Hong Kong University Press.

Edward Sala has been named Interim Director of Washington State University Press. Sala previously served as Design and Development Manager for University Publishing, the parent department for WSU Press.

J.D. Wilson will join the University of Alabama Press this month as Sales and Marketing Director. Wilson comes to the press with 24 years of experience in publications and marketing, most recently with the Charles E. Tuttle Publishing Company.

April 2013

James Ayers joined University of New Mexico Press as Production Editor. Ayers previously served as an Editorial Assistant at Louisiana State University Press.

March 2013

Sara Cohen has joined Temple University Press as Assistant Editor/Rights and Permissions Manager. Cohen was previously Editorial Assistant at the University of North Carolina Press.

Brandon Proia will be joining the University of North Carolina Press as Acquisitions Editor. Proia was previously an Acquisitions Editor for PublicAffairs.

Patrick Allen has transitioned from Marketing to Acquisitions at the University of Georgia Press; Allen is now an Acquisitions Editor for the food and foodway and regional trade lists.

Walter Biggins will join the University of Georgia Press as Senior Acquisitions Editor on April 1. Biggins was previously at the University Press of Mississippi for 14 years.

February 2013

J. Alex Schwartz has joined Michigan State University Press as Senior Acquisitions Editor for history, sociology, and anthropology. Schwartz is a veteran of over 20 years of experience in both academic and commercial publishing. Most recently, he was Director of Northern Illinois University Press.

January 2013

Gary Kass has joined the University of Missouri Press as Acquisitions Editor. Kass previously worked with the press from 2001-2008 in copyediting and acquisitions. Brittany Brown has joined the press as Business Assistant. And Kirk Hinkelman is now Electronic Marketing Assistant.

Martyn Beeny will join the University of Nebraska Press as Marketing Manager on February 4. Beeny has worked in book publishing for many years. He comes to the University of Nebraska Press from the South Dakota State Historical Society Press in Pierre, SD.

Peter Kracht has been named Director of the University of Pittsburgh Press, effective February 1. Kracht has more than 25 years of publishing experience, most recently as Editorial Director and Director of Electronic Publishing at Pittsburgh.

Steve Fast has been named Publicity Manager at the University of Illinois Press. Fast was most recently Marketing Manager of the Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Department for the City of Bloomington.

 

Recent Retirements

Kathi Dailey Morgan, Assistant Director for Design and Production at the University of Georgia Press, will retire at the end of March 2014 after 31 years at the press.

Sue Havlish, currently Sales & Marketing Manager at Vanderbilt University Press, will be retiring at the end of March 2014.

Steve Maikowski will be retiring from his position as Director of New York University Press at the end of May 2014. Maikowski has led the press for the last 13 years, capping a 37-year career in academic publishing.

Bruce Wilcox will be retiring from the University of Massachusetts Press in June 2014. Wilcox has been with the press for 31 years—only part of his 43-year career in university press publishing.

John G. Ackerman retired from his position as Director of Cornell University Press on January 3, 2014. Ackerman was with the press for 33 years, and served as its Director since 1988.

Valerie Millholland retired on January 10, 2014 from her position as Senior Editor after 30 years with Duke University Press. As an end note to her career, Millholland was awarded the 2013 Distinguished Service Award from the Conference on Latin American History.

Robert Mandel retired from his position as Director at Texas Tech University Press at the end of 2013, after 34 years in university press publishing, including terms at SUNY, Indiana, Wayne State, Syracuse, Wisconsin, and Alaska.

Mary Lenn Dixon retired at the end of 2013 from her position as Editor in Chief at Texas A&M University Press, where she was a staff member since 1979.

Loomis Mayer retired from Fordham University Press at the close of 2013, after 24 years as Production Manager.

Patricia Hollahan, Director of Medieval Institute Publications, retired at the end of 2013.

Ann Walston, Production Designer at the University of Pittsburgh Press, retired on October 1, 2013.

Deborah Weiner will retire at the end of March 2014 from her role as Editorial and Production Manager at Georgetown University Press, where she has been for more than 15 years.

Laura Young Bost retired from her position as Rights and Permissions Manager at University of Texas Press on September 10, 2013. Bost was an active member of the AAUP Copyright Committee for many years.

James Jordan retired as Director of Columbia University Press as of September 1, 2013. Jordan led the press since 2004, and previously directed Johns Hopkins University Press.

Janet Rabinowitch retired at the end of June 2013 after a decade as Director of Indiana University Press. Rabinowitch was an acquiring editor at the press for 38 years.

Mary Read retired as Director of Washington State University Press in May 2013.