Athens, Ga. - Lisa Bayer, current marketing director and
regional trade editor at the University of Illinois Press,
has been named director of the University of Georgia Press
following a national search.
"Lisa Bayer's experience and exceptional knowledge
of academic publishing make her the right choice to direct
the University of Georgia Press," said William Gray
Potter, university librarian and associate provost, to whom
Bayer will report. "She is a creative and
forward-thinking leader who will add to the UGA Press's
existing record of success and distinction."
While at Illinois, Bayer led the marketing activities for
this $4 million scholarly publisher, whose title output is
approximately 100 new books annually. She also has been a
key member of the management team responsible for
establishing the Illinois Press's vision and direction,
strategic goals, and fiscal planning.
Prior to coming to Illinois in 2006, Bayer held marketing
and sales positions at Southern Illinois University Press,
Penn State University Press, Minnesota Historical Society
Press, and the Redleaf Press. She holds a bachelor's
degree in education (English) and a master's degree in
English from Southern Illinois University.
Bayer succeeds Nicole Mitchell, who had served as the
director since 2001 and left in late 2011 to become
director of the University of Washington Press. Bayer's
appointment is effective July 1.
Founded in 1938, the UGA Press is the largest book
publisher in the state. It has been a member of the
Association of American University Presses since 1940. With
a full-time staff of 24 publishing professionals, the Press
currently publishes 80-85 new books a year and has more
than 1,500 titles in print. It has well-established lists
in Atlantic World and American history, American
literature, African-American studies, southern studies and
environmental studies, as well as a growing presence in the
fields of geography, urban studies, international affairs
and security studies.