Kathryn Conrad, formerly interim director of the University of Arizona Press, has been appointed director of the University's nonprofit publisher of scholarly and regional books.
“Kathryn brings extensive scholarly publishing experience, an in-depth knowledge of the UA’s unique areas of scholarly excellence and an understanding of the synergistic opportunities that academic libraries and scholarly presses share,” said Carla Stoffle, the University Libraries dean.
Conrad has spent more than 25 years in publishing, with the bulk of that time in a variety of positions at both the University of Missouri Press and the UA Press.
"I am extremely pleased to have been appointed to lead the press," Conrad said. "The staff and I are committed to advancing the University's land-grant mission by publishing scholarly works of the highest quality along with regional and literary works that inspire and engage the citizens of our state and our region."
The UA Press publishes an average of 61 scholarly and regional titles annually and has been consistently honored by regional, national and scholarly organizations. The UA Press concentrates on areas that reflect the University’s strengths (American Indian studies, anthropology, archaeology, environmental studies, border studies, history, Latin American studies and the space sciences). It also publishes books on Arizona and the Southwest, and works of fiction and poetry.
Since 2010, the University Libraries and the UA Press have worked closely together to pursue new scholarly communication opportunities.
Said Conrad: "The University of Arizona Press has been my home for more than 15 years, and our joining the library has opened up a new chapter in the many ways we have always worked with the campus community."