The Chronicle of Higher Education
August 3rd, 2015
Dennis Lloyd could be forgiven if he felt nervous about his new job.
After almost 10 years at the University Press of Florida, Mr. Lloyd has
just taken over as director
of the University of Wisconsin Press. Running a nonprofit scholarly
publishing operation, especially one in a state-university system handed
major budget cuts, isn’t a walk in the park these days.
But Mr. Lloyd sounds unfazed by what’s now expected of a press
director. "I’m thrilled to be here," he says. "I’m in an industry that
constantly evolves, that constantly changes."
The constriction of budgets, the decline of the monograph market, the
arrival of digital publishing, the rise of open access: University
presses have weathered many changes over the past decade. One recent
shift hasn’t gotten much attention outside the scholarly publishing
community: a major turnover in press leadership, as longtime directors
retire and make way for a new set of leaders, including Mr. Lloyd.