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Michael P. Burton to head University Press of New England

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 10/16/07 • Sue Knapp • (603) 646-3661

Michael P. Burton
Michael P. Burton (photo by Joseph Mehling '69)

Dartmouth Provost Barry Scherr announced today that Michael P. Burton has been appointed the Director of the University Press of New England (UPNE). Burton, the production director at UPNE, has also been serving as interim director since June 2006. Based at Dartmouth, UPNE is supported by a consortium of schools: Brandeis University, Dartmouth College, the University of New Hampshire, Northeastern University, Tufts University, and University of Vermont.

"Mike has been a valuable production director at UPNE, and he's proven himself an effective leader during his tenure as interim director," says Dartmouth Provost Barry Scherr. "I look forward to continuing to work with him to build on his past successes."

Burton brings years of publishing and printing experience to the job. He was UPNE's production director from 1993-2006. Before that, he was the production director at Princeton University Press. He has also served as production manager at the University of Alabama Press, and he held the same title at Memphis University Press. He has worked at numerous print production companies, including Wimmer Brothers, Inc. and Plough Printing, both in Memphis.

"I'm excited to begin working with my team as director of UPNE," says Burton. "Our six member presses bring a wonderful range of ideas to the scholarly publishing table and our unique structure provides a framework for a strong series of important regional New England titles. I hope to build on the impressive work of my predecessors and lead UPNE through the challenges brought about by the digital revolution. It is easy to put 'content' up on the web or provide electronic versions of books, but we must find steady and predictable income from these efforts as well. UPNE has a dedicated and professional staff, and I look forward to working with them in my new role as we seek solutions to these challenges and publish some great books."

Burton will oversee all operations at UPNE, which publishes and distributes more than one hundred titles annually, with sales of more than $2.5 million. Founded in 1970, UPNE has earned a reputation for excellence in scholarly, instructional, reference, literary and artistic, and general-interest books. It concentrates in American studies, literature, history, and cultural studies; art, architecture, and material culture; ethnic studies (including African American, Jewish, Native American, and Shaker studies); international studies; nature and the environment; and New England history and culture. A professional staff of twenty-four maintains high standards in editorial, design and production, marketing, order fulfillment, and business operations.

Burton has a Bachelor of Science degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology's School of Printing Management and Sciences. He has been an active member of the trade organization the Association of American University Presses (AAUP), serving on various committees, giving presentations, and chairing panels at their annual and regional meetings. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Vermont Book Professionals Association, and has been a juror for the Bookbuilders of Boston New England Book Show. He has won design awards from numerous organizations, including the New England Book Show, AAUP Book Show, Bookbinders Guild of New York, and the Philadelphia Book Show.

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