Seetha Srinivasan, Director of Mississippi, Retires

Seetha Srinivasan, a former AAUP President and Constituency Award winner, has announced her retirement from the University Press of Mississippi, effective June 30. She has served as Director of the press for ten years, and has been with Mississippi since 1979.

As Executive Editor and later as Director, Srinivasan helped to develop the press's publishing identity by building its reputation for scholarly titles and by signing Mississippi authors Steve Yarborough, Ellen Douglas, Ellen Gilchrist, and Stephen Ambrose. She also introduced the Conversations With... series, which collects the correspondences of authors such as Ernest Hemingway and Flannery O'Connor. Srinivasan was instrumental in Mississippi's publication of Eudora Welty's Photographs, an extensive collection of Welty's black and white photography.

Srinivasan served as AAUP President in 2003-04, and received the Constituency Award in 2002 in recognition of her active leadership and service to the association and the university press community. Though the Constituency Award is not normally given to press directors, the Board chose to honor Srinivasan's success at Mississippi and her dedication to the AAUP as evidenced in her chairing the Professional Development Committee, twice chairing the Annual Program Committee, conducting workshops, leading the Sales Task Force, and a long record of informal service through mentoring and knowledge sharing. Her presidential address at the 2003 AAUP Annual Meeting can be read in its entirety here.

Mississippi has announced that Leila W. Salisbury will be taking over as Director in July. Salisbury was Director of Marketing at the University Press of Kentucky since 2001, during which time she also acquired Kentucky's film studies and popular culture titles.

Like Srinivasan, Salisbury has been an active AAUP constituent, serving as chair of the marketing committee in 2004-05 and regularly participating in AAUP panels and workshops.