COLUMBIA — The executive committee of the MU Faculty Council met early Monday morning with University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe and Chancellor Brady Deaton in a closed-door meeting to discuss issues surrounding the quality of the University of Missouri Press.
One of the main concerns of the executive committee was that the quality of the press remains the same as its predecessor or increases.
MU officials announced in July that a new press focusing on online publishing would replace the original University of Missouri Press.
The press's reputation is based on the quality of the work it publishes, Nicole Monnier, academic affairs chair, said.
Monnier said one of the concerns about the quality arose because the press may end up as a teaching lab rather than a press staffed by professionals. Another concern was that quality may be affected with changes in management and press structure.
Wolfe said in the meeting that the quality of the press is the administration’s main concern as well, Monnier said. However, Monnier said the lingering question is how that quality will be measured.
With the press still in a transitional phase, the structure is unknown. Without knowing the structure, it is hard to say how this quality will be measured, Monnier said.
At the meeting, the council decided to create a committee to oversee the transition of the press. The committee will include MU faculty, faculty from the other system campuses, authors and other stakeholders, Harry Tyrer, faculty council chair, said. He said that having this advisory group will help ensure the quality of the press.
Two people, Richard Wallace and Deborah Noble-Triplett, have been appointed to handle the day-to-day transition process of the press, Tyrer said. They will also be responsible for creating the transition committee. However, it is still uncertain when the committee will be formed and who will be on it.
No timeline has been presented yet, but Tyrer expects the transition to be done within a year.
Supervising editor is Celia Darrough.