Johns Hopkins University Press Director to Lead Scholarly Publishing Association

AAUP Announces Election of Kathleen Keane to Presidency

keaneJune 24, 2009: On June 20, 2009, John Hopkins University Press Director Kathleen Keane assumed leadership of the Association of American University Presses (AAUP). Keane will serve a one-year term, and succeeds Alex Holzman, director of Temple University Press, who remains on the association’s Board of Directors.

Formally established in 1937, AAUP promotes the work and influence of university presses, provides cooperative marketing opportunities, and helps its more than 130 member presses fulfill their common commitments to scholarship, the academy, and society. The president of AAUP serves as a spokesperson for and an advocate of university presses and works with the executive director and board of directors to set the direction and immediate goals of the organization.

Keane began her career in university press publishing in 2002, when she joined the Johns Hopkins University Press as director of finance and operations. She was appointed director of the press in 2004, assuming oversight of an extensive publishing program which includes 200 books and 70 scholarly periodicals per year, in addition to the online collection Project MUSE, and customer services operation and fulfillment for 16 client presses.

Keane has been a member of the AAUP Board of Directors since 2007, serving for the past year as president-elect, and was a member of the Task Force on Committees from 2008-2009.

Before moving to the world of university press publishing, Keane worked in commercial medical publishing, holding positions at Harcourt Health Services and J.B. Lippincott & Company. Keane earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Connecticut College and a master's degree in English from Catholic University of America. She received her M.B.A. from the Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia.

In her inaugural address on June 20 at the AAUP Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, Keane discussed the various challenges facing university presses today, but also encouraged association members to take a step back and appreciate the fine work done by their peers. Advocating for a visit to the AAUP Book, Jacket, and Journal show, she said, “Let's celebrate our colleagues’ achievements. We are fortunate to work in an enterprise that could produce these books, and we are fortunate to have such a rich group of colleagues with whom to share the labor.”

ABOUT AAUP:
Formally established in 1937, AAUP promotes the work and influence of university presses, provides cooperative marketing opportunities, and helps its 134 member presses fulfill their common commitments to scholarship, the academy, and society. AAUP members are active across many scholarly disciplines, including the humanities, the arts, and sciences, and are innovators in the world of electronic publishing. To learn more about the association and its members, go to http://aaupnet.org.

Johns Hopkins University Press: http://www.press.jhu.edu/
Project MUSE: http://muse.jhu.edu/
Johns Hopkins University Press Release: http://www.press.jhu.edu/news/news_archive/archive2009.html#22

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