BATON ROUGE – On Saturday, June 4, at the Association of American University Presses, or AAUP, Annual Meeting in Baltimore, LSU Press Director MaryKatherine Callaway assumed leadership as president of the AAUP for 2011-2012. Callaway’s inaugural address emphasized the growing importance of collaboration both among university presses and between those presses and their parent institutions.
“LSU Press works closely with its parent university,” said Callaway. “We both focus on maintaining our relationship through ongoing communication, which fosters greater understanding. I believe the relationship we have forged can serve as an example of the benefits of good collaboration.”
Callaway joined LSU Press as director in 2003, and over the past eight years, the press has won its fourth Pulitzer Prize, published three National Book Award finalists and received many other prizes. She began her university press career in the marketing department at the University of Georgia Press before crossing the Atlantic to open the UK marketing office for The Johns Hopkins University Press, or JHUP. Upon her return to the states, Callaway continued her 14-year stint at JHUP, first as international sales and subrights manager and then marketing director.
While at Johns Hopkins, Callaway used her overseas publishing experience to benefit the AAUP community, serving for four years on the International Committee and chairing it for one. As director at LSU Press, Callaway served a previous three-year term on the AAUP board and was asked in 2010 to return as president-elect.
As her first initiative as president, Callaway has created a task force on university relations “to build better relations with our parent institutions, ways to remain relevant and thereby help ensure our survival.”
Formally established in 1937, AAUP promotes the work and influence of university presses, provides cooperative marketing opportunities, and helps its more than 130 member presses fulfill their common commitments to scholarship, the academy and society. The president of AAUP serves as a spokesperson for and an advocate of university presses and works with the executive director and board of directors to set the direction and immediate goals of the organization.