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Columbia Missourian

GUEST COMMENTARY: New model for university press is flawed

By Coalition to Save the university of missouri Press
July 17, 2012 | 6:30 p.m. CDT

Fifty-four days after UM System President Tim Wolfe announced he was closing the 54-year-old University of Missouri Press, the University of Missouri administration introduced by press statement its "new model" for the press.

In a kind of "who’s-on-first?" passing of the buck, the UM System and President Wolfe are apparently turning the press over to the Columbia campus. There is not mention in the release of the other three campuses — St. Louis, Kansas City and Rolla (though in subsequent comments to the Columbia Daily Tribune new interim director Speer Morgan says a "board of faculty, likely from all four UM campuses, will serve as the peer review for manuscripts").

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Much is missing from the press release and Morgan’s comments to the Tribune:

We stand by the six points elaborated in our online petition, which has been signed by over 4,700 people nationwide. Here, again, are those six points:

We, the undersigned, call on President Wolfe to:

Ned Stuckey-French, Jane Lago, Lois Huneycutt, Nancy Taube, Donna Potts, Bruce Joshua Miller and Annette Wenda for the Coalition to Save the University of Missouri Press. Questions? Contact Opinion editor Elizabeth Conner.