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Release: Immediate

UI names Holly Carver new director of UI Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa ­ Dr. David Skorton, UI vice president for research, today (Feb. 3) named Holly Carver as director of the University of Iowa Press.

Carver has served as interim director since 1997 when former director Paul Zimmer retired. Carver will advise authors and series editors on manuscript preparation and content, oversee the design, production, and marketing of each title, and investigate new areas of publication. Carver will also direct the operations for the scholarly research and the general interest Press.

Skorton says Carver has been an invaluable part of the UI Press and has helped make it outstanding.

"I am delighted Holly will be the next director of UI Press. She has been a part of the team that has made it successful. I look forward to further success for this jewel in the university crown," Skorton says.

"The UI Press' primary mission has always been to seek out and publish fine scholarly books that reflect the excellent qualities of the University of Iowa," Carver says. "It is crucial that the director find a balance between the traditional standards of scholarly publishing and the fiscal realities of today's publishing climate. I will build upon the Press' mission and maintain high editorial and production standards."

Richard Hurtig, UI professor and chair of speech pathology and audiology and chair of the UI Press Advisory Board, said "Carver is committed to the UI and has been concerned with making the UI Press a high quality and viable academic press. She has been a very good editor and has worked well with the staff. I think she will make a fine director."

James Harris, owner of Prairie Lights Bookstore in Iowa City, and a member of the search committee, says "Holly recognizes the importance of high quality scholarly publishing in the arts and sciences. Her goal is to heighten the profile of the UI Press already begun during her tenure as acting press director. I am encouraged by her devotion to academic excellence through a responsible scholarly press.

Since 1996 Carver has been associate director and editor of the Press. She has a long career in publishing, having first worked at the University of Texas Press in Austin, Texas and secured upper-level positions since coming to the UI Press as a managing editor in 1985.

The UI Press in its more than 30-year history has become known for its offerings in fiction, poetry, and autobiography as well as for its publications in literary criticism, American history and other areas. It is publisher of the popular American Land and Life Series and the Studies in Theatre History and Culture Series.