UM President Tim Wolfe and MU Chancellor Brady Deaton announced today, in an official MU news release, that the UM System is shifting responsibility for the UM Press to the MU campus.
They said an advisory committee will be appointed to offer advice and counsel on the undertaking. According to the release, no current UM press staff will be losing their jobs.
This announcement marks, as Wolfe describes in the release, an “important step in integrating the UM Press into the academic missions of the university.” Wolfe is also quoted in the release saying “a viable, fully functioning Press is essential to a major AAU university.”
These statements by Wolfe come just five days after a faculty meeting where the former editor-in-chief of UM Press, Clair Willcox, told the Maneater the UM Press was “phony” and “bogus.”
MU Spokesman Christian Basi said MU wants to keep the press moving in the right direction.
“We are hoping to move aggressively to maintain a strong academic press,” Basi said. “It’s a little too early to give out any specific reaction, but we know we want to maintain a strong academic press.”