Business Systems Committee


Committee Roster

Brent Oberlin, MIT, Chair (brento AT mit DOT edu)
Duane Anderson, Abilene Christian
Lynne Benedetto, Cornell
Davida Breier, Johns Hopkins
Alice Ennis, Illinois
Scot Kuehm, Princeton
Ryan Pingel, Wisconsin
Ioan Suciu, Georgetown

Board Liaison
Nadine Buckland, West Indies

Central Office Liaisons
Kim Miller


General Objective:

  • Develop and manage tools, programs, and resources to assist Association members in improving the financial management of their presses.

Specific Charges to the Business Systems Committee:

  • Commission and implement the Association’s annual statistics survey; develop Guidelines to assist member presses in completing the survey.
  • Consider revising how New in Paperback titles are treated in the survey and make recommendations to the Task Force on Operating Statistics early in 2019.
  • As requested, support the Central Office in the collection and/or analysis of Quarterly Sales and Returns Data.
  • As requested, support the Central Office in the collection and/or analysis of the Compensation Survey data.
  • As requested, support the work of the Task Force on Operating Statistics.
  • Develop a timetable for updating the Business Handbook, and deliver revisions per plan.
  • Working with the Professional Development Committee and the Central Office, develop a live program on finances for non-financial managers to be presented at an appropriate forum during the 2019 Annual Meeting and recorded and edited for subsequent presentation as a webinar series.

Common Charges to All Committees of the Association:

  • Include your board and staff liaisons in all committee communications and activities
  • Use UP Commons as your primary communications and collaboration tool
  • Coordinate all research and survey activity with the Central Office
  • Seek opportunities to support the Association's core value of diversity by engaging in activities and developing programs that include participation from diverse members of the community and/or that aim to increase the diversity and inclusivity of our community
  • Seek opportunities to support the goals of the Association's 2016 membership restructuring by integrating into your committee activities the participation of colleagues from non-North American member presses.
  • Submit reports on Committee activities to the Association Board in time for its October, February, and June meetings. Interim reports are due on October 5, 2018 and February 8, 2019; Final reports that recap all committee activities for the year and are shared with the membership are due May 17, 2019. (For convenience, please reproduce your Charge & Tasks at the beginning of all reports, and list the names and institutional affiliations of all committee members.)
  • Review your General Objective and Specific Tasks, and recommend changes for next year to the Executive Director.

Committee Reports

2017-2018 Final Report
2016–2017 Final Report

2015–2016 Final Report

2014–2015 Final Report
2013–2014 Final Report
2012–2013 Final Report

2011–2012 Final Report
2010–2011 Final Report
2009–2010 Final Report
2008–2009 Final Report
2007–2008 Final Report
2006–2007 Final Report
2005–2006 Final Report