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The University of Missouri has rehired the ousted editor of the academic press it decided not to close. Clair Willcox is back in as editor-in-chief of the University of Missouri Press.

Some of his main duties will include managing the editorial department, serving as the acquisitions editor, and promoting the overall goals of the press.

Ned Stuckey-French helped lead the “Coalition to save the University of Missouri Press.”  French says the press has a long road ahead it and Willcox is the only one who can lead it going forward.

The backlash continues over the so-called “new model” for the University of Missouri Press. one of the Press’ authors wrote a letter to UM System President Tim Wolfe, who closed the old press as a cost-cutting measure.

Author Don Spivey notified Wolfe of his desire to remove his biography of baseball legend Satchel Paige from the University of Missouri Press. It was published in May, and Spivey’s worried about the future of his book.

Professors, graduate students and other supporters of the soon-to-be-closed University of Missouri Press attended Tuesday’s UM Board of Curators meeting.

Calls to save UM Press gain online support

Jun 11, 2012
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Online supporters of the University of Missouri Press are gaining members from around the world and asking the University of Missouri’s president to save the press.