Albany – The Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at
the State University of New York is pleased to announce that Gary H. Dunham has been appointed director of the
State University of New York Press, effective January 2, 2008.
Risa I. Palm on announcing the appointment remarked, “Gary Dunham brings
exceptional experience to this position. We are delighted to have recruited him,
and expect a very positive future for the SUNY Press.”
brings with him more than 15 years of university press publishing experience, serving
most recently as the director of the University of Nebraska
Press, one of the
largest public university presses in the nation.
at Nebraska, he developed and implemented the press’s
first strategic business plan for multifaceted revenue generation. This
strategic plan has been instrumental in that press overcoming a large deficit
spending and returning to a balanced budget within three years.
“It is a
privilege and an exciting opportunity to become the director of SUNY Press,”
Dunham acknowledges. “The Press is one of the illustrious jewels in the crown
of the SUNY system, a major international press that has published thousands of
significant works of scholarship over a span of more than forty years. And it
will continue to grow in prestige and presence within the state and beyond.”
1966 with an international reputation for excellence, the State University of New York Press (SUNY Press) has become one of the largest state
university presses in the United States with
an annual output of approximately 170 titles per year and a backlist of more
than 4,000 titles
strengths lie in the fields of education, philosophy, religion, and asian
studies, with continuing notice in the areas of political science, regional
studies, women’s studies, African American studies, cultural studies, and
environmental studies. All manuscripts published by SUNY Press must be approved
by an editorial board that has jurisdiction over its imprint. The Editorial
Board consists of 12 faculty members drawn from campuses throughout the SUNY
system and appointed by the Chancellor.
new collaborations with authors and organizations across the region will
increase markedly the Press’s publications on the culture, history, and
literature of New York State,” Dunham said. “Energetic and visionary leadership in the
SUNY system, coupled with a renewed commitment by the press to the electronic
and print dissemination of SUNY research initiatives, will further the research
goals of the SUNY system and enhance the excellence, versatility, and
topicality of the Press’s publications.”
raised in rural Maine and in Glens Falls, where some of his family still
live. A 1982 summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Bowdoin College,
Dunham went on to complete both his M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology at the
University of Virginia.
directed the excavation of a large prehistoric burial mound along the Rapidan River in Virginia, working with the local Monacan
tribe to excavate, study, and eventually rebury the remains of their ancestors.
In addition to his career in university press publishing, Dunham has taught
anthropology at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and Creighton University. Recently he co-edited a book on American Indian powwows.
the University of Nebraska Press in 1995, as an acquiring editor in indigenous studies and anthropology.
Nebraska is now recognized as one of the
leading presses in the world in those fields, with Dunham in 2001 being named
Publisher of the Year by the nationally acclaimed Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers.
He was promoted to editor-in-chief in 1997 and was appointed director in 2004.
leadership, the Nebraska press moved forward rapidly to
expand its journals program, to digitalize its entire inventory, and to develop
state-wide partnerships with the Nebraska State Historical Society; the Office
of Research at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln; and the University of Nebraska’s Digital Center for the Humanities, where he has served on the advisory board.
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