Kaiserlian named new press director
By Charlotte Crystal
University Press of
Virginia has named Penelope Penny J. Kaiserlian,
associate director and editorial director of the University of
Chicago Press, as its new head. Her appointment takes effect in
mid-August. She succeeds Nancy Essig, who retired in April after
12 years at the helm.
the No. 2 executive at the Chicago press, brings a wealth of management
experience and editorial judgment to Charlottesville from the
nations top academic publisher, which has annual book publishing
income of more than $20 million.
went into the search hoping to find someone with the experience,
the smarts and the leadership ability to ensure the University
Press of Virginia a place in the first rank of American university
presses, said Raymond J. Nelson, U.Va. Kenan Professor of
English and chair of the search committee. Penny has all
Chicago, Kaiserlian set policy, mapped strategy, projected sales
and developed budgets. She also negotiated book deals, assisted
with public relations and managed a staff of 38 and a budget of
$3 million. She developed major revision projects as well, such
as the fifth and sixth editions of Kate Turabians A Manual
for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations and the
14th and 15th (forthcoming) editions of The Chicago Manual of
Style. The 14th edition has been the most successful, selling
twice as many copies as the previous edition.
university presses are in as solid financial shape as Virginia,
which is a testament to Nancy Essigs leadership and the
creative work of the staff, said Kaiserlian, who holds a
bachelors degree in honors English from Exeter University
in England. I look forward to moving from a great private
university to a great public university and leading the University
Press of Virginia through its next stage of growth.