Adler out at Melbourne Uni Press

Louise Adler’s admirers took to Twitter yesterday to regret her resignation as Melbourne University Publishing.  CEO. Over 15 years Ms Adler made the publisher a (very) substantial presence in Australian publishing, with a list heavy on political discussion, social commentary and people in public life. MUP has recently published a book on Cardinal George Pell.

But Ms Adler’s publishing approach is no longer to the university’s taste,  which stated last night that, “in response to an extensive review,” the press will now “refocus on being a high quality scholarly press in support of the university’s mission of excellence in teaching and research.

“The new focus will ensure the university press is aligned to the strengths of the university of Melbourne and its globally recognised academic and research fields,” PVC Engagement Sue Baker said in a statement last night.

Much as UniMelb decided to do back in 2012, when highly-regarded historian and UofM executive Peter McPhee became chair. Then vice chancellor Glyn Davis said, “Professor McPhee’s vast experience in senior academic and management roles meant he was ideally placed to help MUP renew its focus on great academic publishing.”

Last night the board of the press, expressed “sincere gratitude for her diligence, leadership, good judgement and collegiality. It also honours the legacy of the many fine books she has added to the rich tapestry of MUP’s ninety-six-year history.”

Four directors resigned with Ms Adler. Acting chief executive is MUP COO Richard Tegoni. Warren Bebbington is interim chair.


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