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Aug. 30, 2012 Volume 34, No. 2

Mizzou takes over leadership of Missouri Press


Current staff offered option of remaining with press

Mizzou has assumed management of the University of Missouri Press, officials announced Tuesday. 

The Missouri Press will remain at its current location, 2910 Lemone Blvd., keep its current employees and form an advisory committee.

“I have been listening to the support and dedication the community and others have shown the press, and make every assurance that university administration is working to create the kind of press of which the academic community and those that it serves can be proud,” University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe said in a statement. 

The advisory committee will include representatives from the faculty from all four campuses, interested parties outside the university system, authors and student representatives, officials said.

MU Faculty Council members planned to make nominations for the advisory group this week, Chancellor Emeritus Richard Wallace said Aug. 23 at a Faculty Council meeting.

Wallace and Deborah Noble-Triplett, University of Missouri System assistant vice president, have been leading the transition of the scholarly publishing house to MU management. 

Officials said Tuesday the press will continue to have peer review and publish printed books while expanding its digital editions. 

Of the 10 employees of the old press, nine were asked to return to press positions. 

A national search is under way for an editor-in-chief with faculty experience. Speer Morgan, editor of The Missouri Review, will not be involved in operation or management of the Missouri Press.

“The decision to move the University of Missouri Press to Columbia campus is an important step in ensuring its full potential is realized and integrated into the acdemic and research missions of the university,” Wolfe said.

CORRECTION: In an earlier version of this story, Speer Morgan's position with Missouri Press was misidentified.