Marking a Milestone
AUPresses Executive Director Peter Berkery celebrated his 10th anniversary at the helm of the Association in early 2023. This milestone gave us an opportunity to look back at some of the Association’s achievements over this decade:
- Developing a new strategic plan, including articulating the core values that continue to guide the Association today.
- Changing our name from the Association of American University Presses to the Association of University Presses.
- Contributing university press perspectives to discussion and policy-making on open access publishing around the world.
- Transitioning the Central Office to a coworking/remote work environment well before the arrival of COVID-19.
- Opening an office in Washington, DC, and expanding institutional outreach and advocacy efforts.
- Joining the International Publishers Association, COPE, and the American Council of Learned Societies.
- Cofounding and providing administrative support to the Coalition for Diversity and Inclusion in Scholarly Communications.
- Signing onto the Publishers Compact in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
- Weathering a global pandemic.
- Expanding membership from 131 to 161 presses, including 22 outside North America.
Berkery and External Communications Manager Annette Windhorn penned a guest post in the Scholarly Kitchen, A Decade of Resilience for University Presses, offering observations of how AUPresses and its membership have remained vibrant through the past decade.
“One of the things that I remember most about Peter’s arrival was his focus on strategic planning…. The way in which it was created included hundreds of members, so once it was complete, there was already buy-in and enthusiasm for the statement of mission and values and also for the initiatives outlined in it… I know how much he cares about those values and exhibits them deliberately and naturally.”
Barbara Kline Pope (Johns Hopkins), AUPresses President, 2014-2015
“I’ve worked with Peter at the very onset of his university press life, when he was the law publisher for Oxford University Press USA, and in recent years in his capacity as Executive Director of AUPresses, and it’s been impressive to see him fully inhabit the latter role. Given the nature of the work we do and the people we attract, university presses aren’t difficult communities to rally around and support, but Peter’s vigor and enthusiasm have been impressive.”
Niko Pfund (Oxford), AUPresses President 2020-2021
“As Peter said after his nationwide listening tour when he first was hired, our organization is marked both by the diversity of its organizational membership and by common commitment to the four core values of university press publishing – diversity and inclusion, integrity, intellectual freedom, and stewardship. These are values that Peter manifests every day.”
Charles Watkinson (Michigan), AUPresses President 2022-2023