Haupt named interim director of USC Press
Jonathan Haupt has been named interim director of USC Press, effective June 1. Haupt will fill the position held by Curtis Clark, who has accepted a position as director of the University of Alabama Press, effective May 31.
Haupt joined USC Press in 2004 as marketing manager and was promoted to assistant director for sales and marketing in 2008.
He has enhanced the visibility and financial viability of the press and successfully shepherded the promotional campaigns for Walter Edgar’s “The South Carolina Encyclopedia,” U.S. Senator Fritz Hollings’ “Making Government Work,” USC First Lady Patricia Moore-Pastides’ “Greek Revival: Cooking for Life,” and hundreds more USC Press publications.
“Vigilant, innovative, and with a keen eye for what sells and what is intellectually important, Jonathan Haupt will help the press remain competitive and ensure that it continues to publish relevant and distinguished scholarship. His appointment bodes very well indeed for this time of transition,” said Mark Smith, Carolina Distinguished Professor of History.
Since joining USC Press as director in 2002, Clark increased the press’s publications from 40 books a year to 75, weathered the economic downturn and dramatic shifts in publishing, and brought stability to USC Press’s staff and finances.
“Curtis Clark guided USC Press on a steady upward trajectory during a time of shifting markets and budget stringency,” historian and USC vice provost Lacy Ford said. “He left the press in a much stronger and more respected position than he found it.”
A national search for a permanent director for USC Press will get under way in the fall.
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 and understanding of South Carolina’s natural and cultural heritage.