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The new leader of the University of Missouri Press says his top priority is to get the organization's finances in order.

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University of Missouri Provost, Brian Foster, announced Friday David Rosenbaum as director of the University of Missouri Press.  Rosenbaum is currently the director of product development and project management for the American Heart Association. 

Rosenbaum will start on November 1st.  He replaces Jane Lago, former managing editor at the press, who came out of retirement to serve as interim director in October 2012.

Jane Lago has been selected as  the new consulting director for the University of Missouri Press.

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MU leaders are getting close to forming a new advisory committee to lead the University of Missouri Press. Spokesperson Mary Jo Banken says a transition team is currently reviewing nominations and plans to send out invitation letters later this week.

MU Chancellor Emeritus Richard Wallace says this committee is the first of its kind and has a main goal.

“To offer advice, to help this campus, MU have the very strongest, highest quality academic press that we can,” Wallace says.

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Updated 8/29/12 3:00 p.m.

The University of Missouri says it will keep its academic publishing business open and drop plans for a new reimagined publishing operation.

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MU Faculty call to postpone press shutdown

Jul 26, 2012
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In the face of a looming University Of Missouri Press shutdown, the campus faculty has decided to send a strong message to President Tim Wolfe: Don’t shut the publishing group down just yet.

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.

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Updated 1:45pm with comments from Provost Brian Foster and new Press Director Speer Morgan

The University of Missouri System announced in May it would be eliminating the University of Missouri Press, and that process officially started July 1st. Today, the University of Missouri-Columbia campus issued the press release below, announcing a new model to serve similar goals of the ill-fated Press.

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The University of Missouri is standing behind its cost-cutting decision to shutter the school's academic press.

Truman State University Press keeps booking

May 31, 2012
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Despite the announcement of the plan to close the University of Missouri Press, another university press in Missouri is resilient.

Newscast for May 25, 2012

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University of Missouri Press to be eliminated

May 24, 2012
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The University of Missouri Press will close. That’s according to a press release issued today by the University of Missouri system. The UM system provides the University of Missouri Press with a $400,000 yearly subsidy, and according to the press release, the Press has been unable to operate without a deficit in recent years.