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Haupt to lead USC Press

By Peggy Binette, peggy@mailbox.sc.edu, 803-777-5400

Jonathan Haupt, who has served as interim director of USC Press for the past year, has been named permanent director effective July 1.

“Out of an extensive national search that attracted a large pool of exceptionally well-qualified candidates, Jonathan Haupt’s proven record of marketing success and management of scarce resources at an academic press, together with his enthusiasm, keen sense of judgment and creative imagination for future press endeavors stood out,” said Lacy Ford, vice provost. “USC is thrilled that he accepted our offer. We are lucky to have him.”

Haupt joined USC Press in 2004 as marketing manager and was named assistant director for sales and marketing in 2008. He has served as interim director of USC Press since June 2011.

He is credited with enhancing the visibility and financial viability of the press, with selecting relevant and distinguished scholarship and with successfully shepherding the promotional campaigns for Walter Edgar’s “The South Carolina Encyclopedia,” U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings’ “Making Government Work,” USC First Lady Patricia Moore-Pastides’ “Greek Revival: Cooking for Life,” Mary Whytes’ “Working South” and hundreds more USC Press publications.

During Haupt’s tenure at USC Press, the press’ breadth of publications has grown steadily even amid the economic downturn and publishing’s changing landscape. He has guided USC Press’ first publicly available ebooks, established a children’s and young adult series and forged numerous new partnerships with state cultural institutions.

“USC Press provides a highly visible symbol of the university’s commitment to scholarship at the highest level, to the dissemination of valuable knowledge and information to the larger public, and to serving the state as a creator and purveyor of knowledge in its rich variety of forms,” Ford said. “Without USC Press, the state might not have had Walter Edgar’s ‘South Carolina: A History’ or the Encyclopedia, or Patricia Moore-Pastides’ highly regarded and popular book on Mediterranean cooking. Few things the university does bring it as much positive recognition at such a reasonable cost.”

Haupt succeeds Curtis Clark, who served as the director beginning in 2002 and left in 2011 to become director of the University of Alabama Press. A native of Hazard, Ky., Haupt earned bachelor’s degrees in English and history from the University of Tennessee at Martin and a master’s degree in English from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Prior to joining USC Press he served as assistant marketing manager at SIU Press, where he was hired and trained by Lisa M. Bayer, the newly named director of UGA Press, and led marketing efforts for many prominent authors, among them two-time National Book Award finalist Harry Mark Petrakis and U.S. Sen. Paul Simon.

Steve Lynn, dean of the S.C. Honors College who the led the search, said Haupt had done a superb job as interim director and earned the confidence of the committee.

“Jonathan has an astute understanding of the university publishing industry and the dynamic changes and challenges ahead. University presses, it seems clear, will continue to play a crucial role in advancing knowledge and enriching our culture, as they evaluate and present scholarly and creative work,” Lynn said. “He understands the necessary balance between projects with large audiences and those with more limited sales potential (but nonetheless academic importance). The press is already moving into print-on-demand for some classic works, allowing influential out-of-print works to be ‘re-discovered’ by contemporary readers. Jonathan is a dynamic and charming leader, and we are very excited about the future of USC's Press.”

Established in 1944, USC Press is one of the oldest and most respected publishing houses in the South. As the largest publisher and only university press in the state, USC Press publishes scholarly research and publications that advance knowledge in all fields and understanding in particular of South Carolina’s natural and cultural heritage.

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Posted: 05/17/12 @ 6:00 PM | Updated: 05/18/12 @ 3:39 PM | Permalink

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