Professors Ask Missouri to Rethink Press Closing

7 years 4 weeks 12 hours ago Thursday, July 26 2012 Jul 26, 2012 Thursday, July 26, 2012 6:20:00 PM CDT July 26, 2012 in News
By: Associated Press

COLUMBIA (AP) - Some University of Missouri professors want system president Tim Wolfe to rethink his decision to revamp the school's academic publishing business.

The Faculty Council on the Columbia campus voted unanimously Thursday to ask Wolfe to "postpone" closing the University of Missouri Press, at least until professors can participate in the decision.

Faculty members said they were blindsided by Wolfe's late May announcement to scrap the 54-year-old press and fire its 10 employees in favor of a digital-driven alternative that would rely heavily on student editors. The new press is to be overseen by Speer Morgan, a creative writing professor who edits the Missouri Review literary journal.

Morgan was invited to speak to the faculty group and listed on its agenda but did not attend Thursday afternoon's meeting.

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