UPDATE: MU takes over UM Press

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 | 1:24 p.m. CDT; updated 11:53 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, August 29, 2012

*This story has been updated to clarify a comment from Mary Jo Banken, executive director of MU News Bureau.

An updated version of this article with additional details has been posted.

COLUMBIA — The University of Missouri System is transferring responsibility for the University of Missouri Press to MU immediately. 

The press will continue operations, and staff members still employed are being asked to stay in their current roles, according to an MU News Bureau release.

"My goal is to develop a press that is vibrant and adaptive, but I realize that change is often difficult," UM System President Tim Wolfe said in the release.

A UM Press Advisory Committee is being formed to work with the press transition team to provide counsel during the transfer, the release said. Members will include students, authors, a member of the Press Committee, faculty representatives from the four UM System campuses and off-campus experts in digital publishing. 

The Press Committee is an internal standing committee that has advised the press for years. The Advisory Committee is being added in order to specifically advise the press during the transition.

Nominations for the advisory committee are being accepted until Sept. 4.

*"As we move forward to integrate the University of Missouri Press to the academic and research mission of MU, we will be inviting members of the community to nominate members to the Advisory Committee," said Mary Jo Banken, executive director of the MU News Bureau. 

Dwight Browne will continue his role as the press's interim director. The advisory committee will help recruit a new editor-in-chief, who also will have a faculty role, the release said.

Missourian reporter Stephanie Ebbs contributed to this article.

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Brixey.

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Lois Huneycutt August 28, 2012 | 4:47 p.m.

Well, that's insulting. Wolfe wants to create a vibrant and adaptive Press but realizes change is often difficult? Is there anyone who knew anything about the old press who thought it wasn't "vibrant and adaptive?" What exactly does he think needs to be changed? What kinds of "different things" does he have in mind? If the administration wants to retain and recruit back authors and editors, insulting them this way doesn't seem like a very good way to start out.

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