Edward Barry to Retire as President of Oxford University Press-USA
Trade Publisher Laura Brown named as new President.Edward Barry is retiring as President of Oxford University Press USA. During his 18 years at OUP USA he has transformed it into an important academic publishing center in its own right with sales last year over $100 million, substantially more than any other American university press. Barry joined OUP in 1982 after 21 years with Macmillan, and took the business into the new area of reference publishing, initiated a major turnaround in college publishing, and expanded the academic side to such an extent that last year it produced a total of 300 new titles. During his tenure OUP accumulated five Pulitzer Prizes, and in 1998 the American National Biography won the American Library Association's Dartmouth Medal.
Barry will be succeeded by Laura Brown, currently Senior Vice President and Publisher with the Trade Division within OUP USA. Brown has worked for OUP for twenty years, and has been responsible for a huge expansion of the trade publishing program, including the development of a trade science list, a domestic trade reference program, an American dictionaries program, and a young adult list. Among her recent successes are the publication of GOTHAM: A History of New York City to 1898, which won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for History and Visions of Jazz, which won the 1999 National Book Critic's Circle Award for Criticism.
Oxford University Press is the world's largest university press, publishing about 6,000 new titles annually worldwide, adding to a backlist of over 30,000 titles. Since its first title was published in 1478, OUP's diverse publishing program has come to include scholarly works in all academic disciplines, dictionaries and reference books, textbooks, music, journals, and electronic publishing.