LAWRENCE — Charles Myers has been named director for the University Press of Kansas, succeeding Fred Woodward, director of UPK from November 1981 to September 2013.
Myers will be UPK’s fifth director. He served previously as executive editor and group publisher at Princeton University Press. He has a doctorate in political science and juris doctor from the University of Michigan.
“Chuck has built excellent lists in political science, law and American history at the university presses of both Michigan and Princeton,” Woodward said. “I have long thought of him as the best-qualified publisher to lead the University Press of Kansas into the future.”
“I am taking over responsibility for a thriving press with a great staff,” Myers said. “We are going to begin to offer digital editions of our print books, revamp our web site and grow our lists with an emphasis on political science, law, American history, military history, environmental studies, western history, Kansas regional titles and American popular culture.”
Myers has recently signed Robert K. Belton’s book “The Crusade for Equality in the Workplace: The Griggs v. Duke Power Story” and taken over responsibility for two of UPK’s distinguished series, “Landmark Law Cases and American Society” and “Constitutional Thinking.”
Woodward will continue at UPK as senior editor. Michael Briggs remains UPK’s editor-in-chief.
Founded in 1946, University Press of Kansas has more than 900 books in print and adds 55-60 new titles a year. UPK represents six state universities: Emporia, Fort Hays, Kansas, Pittsburg and Wichita state universities and KU. Visit UPK online.