Critics Attack Closing of U. of Missouri Press
June 7, 2012, 4:57 pm
By Peter Monaghan
At a time when university presses are arguably faring relatively well, the decision of the University of Missouri System to shut down its press has angered many faculty members, authors, and supporters.
It has also drawn charges that administrators have abused the principles of academic shared governance.
On May 24, system administrators told the 10 employees of
Supporters work to save University of Missouri Press
University of Missouri plans to shut down 54-year-old publisher.
BY BLAKE URSCH
The Kansas City Star
Nancy Hill’s jaw dropped.
Officials had just announced that the University of Missouri Press, which has produced more than 2,000 titles over five decades, would be phased out beginning in July.
The future of her almost-completed book, a biography of powerful but little-known 20th century activist Grenville Clark, was up in the air.
Still in a daze, Hill, an administrator at UMKC’s Diastole Scholars’ Center, sat at her desk, which had once belonged to Clark himself, and wrote a letter to University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe.