Saturday, July 18, 2015

Steve Wrinn leaving University Press of Kentucky

Steve Wrinn
The email below went to members of the University Press of Kentucky Board and the UPK Editorial Committee on July 10 after I learned that Steve Wrinn, director of UPK, will be leaving the university. Soon we will announce the date and time of an event to recognize Steve and thank him for his service.


July 10, 2015

Dear Friends of the University Press of Kentucky,

It is with mixed emotions that I write to inform you of the departure of Steve Wrinn from the University Press of Kentucky. After more than 13 years as the Press director, Steve informed me that he is leaving to become director of the University of Notre Dame Press.

Steve’s last official day at the University Press of Kentucky will be August 14. I will appoint an interim director within the next few weeks and we will initiate a national search for a permanent director as soon as possible. I will work closely with Steve and the UPK staff to assure a smooth transition.

Steve leaves the University Press of Kentucky on a strong foundation. During his nearly 14 years with the UPK Steve guided the press through a monumental transition in academic publishing.  He was a national leader among academic presses in moving UPK to electronic publishing.

One of the hallmarks of Steve’s tenure will be his successful efforts to publish books that focused on the academic, historical, and cultural strengths of Kentucky. His commitment to the intellectual life of the commonwealth will be sorely missed.

As an important supporter of the UPK I wanted you to know about this transition as soon as possible. Your support of the Press has been instrumental to its success and I know that you will continue that support going forward.

Please join me in thanking Steve for his leadership and service and wishing him much success in the future.


Terry L. Birdwhistell, Ed.D.
Dean of Libraries and
William T. Young Endowed Chair
University of Kentucky

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