UM Press hires former editor Jane Lago as consulting director

Friday, October 19, 2012 | 7:15 p.m. CDT; updated 10:05 p.m. CDT, Saturday, October 20, 2012

COLUMBIA — Jane Lago has been hired as the new consulting director for the University of Missouri Press, starting Monday.

Lago follows interim director Dwight Browne, who is retiring. She will remain until a permanent director is hired after a nationwide search.

Lago worked at the press for 33 years as an editorial assistant, assistant editor, editor, senior editor and managing editor before retiring in 2008.

As consulting director, she said she will oversee the staff and manage hiring and fundraising until a new permanent director is named.

"I will be in charge of handling decisions on how the press is going to rebuild," she said.

Historian Robert Ferrell worked with Lago when she was managing editor. She edited eight of his books, he said.

"What they really need to do is move fast with the editing and get the books out, and she'll be great with that," he said.

Lago's appointment was announced Friday by MU Provost Brian Foster.

"Jane Lago is a long-term press employee who brings a great deal of experience and expertise to the press," Foster said in a news release. "Jane will help us through this transition as we commence our national search for a permanent director of the press."

Lago said she is eager to help the press recover.

"Just as I believed in the press enough to fight against its closure, I believe in its value enough to make sure it's brought back as quickly as possible," she said.

The UM System announced in May that the press would be phased out in 2013. On Aug. 28, the system shifted responsibility for the press to MU.

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Brixey.

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