July 12, 2012
For Immediate Release
Gainesville, FL—As part of ongoing efforts to re-imagine the university press for the 21st century, the University Press of Florida (UPF) today announces an important change to its staffing and reporting structure. Effective July 1, 2012, Dennis Lloyd (formerly Assistant Director/Sales & Marketing Director) will assume new duties as Deputy Director. In his new role, Lloyd will continue to provide valuable leadership of the sales and marketing department. He will also oversee acquisitions operations and will lead the press in developing partnerships with state university system departments and other organizations for publishing and distribution services.
“Dennis has long been a key member of the management team in press-wide decisions and operations. He is an influential leader in the wider university press community. With proliferating changes to sustainable business models in university press publishing, we saw a clear need to add to our top management tier in order to broaden areas of investigation and expansion, while maintaining a steady hand on traditional book publishing, sales outlets, and the dissemination of scholarly information,” says UPF Director Meredith Morris-Babb.
Dennis Lloyd’s publishing career began as an acquisitions assistant at the University of Illinois Press. Formerly marketing and sales director at the University Press of Kentucky and the University of Pittsburgh Press, he has also worked at the University of Alabama Press. In 2006, he was hired by UPF as Sales & Marketing Director, and has served as chair of the digital publishing committee of the Association of American University Presses. He has given papers and appeared on panels at regional and national meetings of the American Musicological Society and the Association of American University Presses.
Additional Staff News:
Sonia Dickey (Ph.D., Native American History, UNM 2011), was hired in 2011 as Grants/Rights & Permissions Manager and now has direct acquiring responsibility. She was previously an acquisitions assistant at the University of New Mexico Press, and contributed a chapter to Thinking Like A Watershed: Voices from the West (forthcoming from UNM Press, edited by Jack Loeffler and Celestia Loeffler). She serves on the board of Lore of the Land, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to nurturing bioregional documentation within indigenous and traditional communities of the greater southwest.
Romi Guiterrez (B.A. English, UF 2003) joined the UPF staff in 2003. After various positions in the front office and in the sales department, she was promoted to publicity manager. In 2007, she attended New York University, where she earned her MFA in creative writing. After returning to Gainesville in 2009, she taught at Santa Fe College, but never strayed too far from the press, occasionally working on special projects ranging from developmental editing to copyediting and helping part-time while the press was understaffed. She was hired this summer as Advertising and Direct Mail Manager.
Shannon McCarthy (B.S, UF 2008), has hired by UPF in 2010 as a part-time acquisitions assistant. She is now Assistant Editor/Acquisitions Assistant with direct acquiring responsibility.
UPF is looking for a seasoned publicity/promotions specialist to join us as Marketing Manager. The newly-created position reports to the Director of Sales and Marketing, and is a member of the senior management team at the press.
The University Press of Florida, established in 1945, is the consortium publisher of the state university system and produces 90 new books each year. From sowing the newest seeds of scholarship to preserving important voices from the past, UPF is poised to embrace the opportunities of the twenty-first century, helping readers everywhere to discover the world with Florida books.
*Lloyd photo available upon request
*Archived interview with Dennis Lloyd on WUFT FM’s “Conner Calling” http://wuft.it/x8YRq6
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