Addressing Emergent Challenges

As the ongoing pandemic continued to present challenges to university presses—impacting parent institutions, offices, authors, warehouses, vendor partners, and audiences—Association of University Presses (AUPresses) members looked to colleagues to address common concerns. By hosting 30 webinars and hangouts (less formal conversation panels) over the past year—after supporting a record-breaking 25 virtual events during the pandemic’s first year—Communications Program Manager Kate Kolendo, Program Coordinator Angelica DeVoe, and the rest of the Association staff provided invaluable opportunities for press directors and members of other professional interest groups in our community to share ideas and develop new strategies.

During 2020-2021, Business Manager Kim Miller had tenaciously applied for and received two loans from the federal Payroll Protection Program for small businesses as well as repayment forgiveness for the first loan. During 2021-2022, she secured forgiveness of the second loan amount, thereby providing even greater benefit to the Association’s administrative operations.

The “Great Resignation” phenomenon, noted across many industries including our own, struck close to home for the AUPresses Central Office during the second half of 2021, as we said goodbye to longtime Membership and Events Director Susan Patton and Program Coordinator Angelica DeVoe  With the recent arrivals of Administrative Coordinator Darshna Patel and Virtual Events Coordinator Alexis Fagan, we look forward to continuing to support the work of the Association with a replenished staff cohort