People in the News 7/18/13

Founder of Business Expert Press Joins Alexander Street for New E-Learning Venturedavid-parker - Alexander street press

Alexander Street Press welcomes David Parker—founder and past-president of Business Expert Press—to his new position as publisher for business products.

David brings with him more than 14 years’ experience in the e-learning and library products space. After founding Business Expert Press (BEP) in 2008, he served as president of BEP and sister publishing company Momentum Press. Prior to this role, he served as editor-in-chief and member of the global business publishing committee at Pearson Education, where he managed a team of editors responsible for more than $80 million in annual sales.

At Alexander Street Press, David will utilize his skills in digital publishing to launch multimedia business resources with e-learning functionality. In his new position, he plans to pair traditional business materials with previously undiscovered content to deliver exceptional digital-era teaching and learning products built to empower faculty and students in new ways…

David holds degrees from George Fox University and the University of Arizona, and has completed executive education certificates from the University of Chicago and City University. He serves on the Publisher’s Advisory Board for SIPX and writes a column for Against the Grain that explores the blurring lines in content, services, and responsibilities within libraries and the companies that serve them…”

(As noted above, David has a column in Against the Grain. In fact, it will premier in the September issue.  And on top of that,  we have just posted a “mini interview” with David on the ATG NewsChannel.)


(Photo: Jen Fariello

(Photo: Jen Fariello

Mark Saunders Named Director of the University of Virginia Press

Emily Grandstaff writes in UVA Today that “Mark H. Saunders has been named the new director of the University of Virginia Press, succeeding Penelope Kaiserlian, who served as director from 2001 until her retirement in 2012. Saunders, who has served as the interim director since Kaiserlian’s departure, assumes his new position immediately.

“Mark has a deep understanding of both the substantive and technical sides of publishing, outstanding leadership skills, and an exciting vision for the press in a fast-changing industry,” said David Klein, chair of the Board of Directors of U.Va. Press and associate professor of politics in the University of Virginia’s College of Arts & Sciences. “He is a wonderful choice for director.”

Saunders launched his career as a buyer and events coordinator at Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C., moving on to Columbia University Press in 1991, where he served as East Coast sales representative and then national sales manager.

He arrived at U.Va. Press in 1995 as associate marketing manager and webmaster, followed by promotions to marketing and sales director and assistant director. Since July 2012 he has served as the interim director and editor-in-chief.

In addition, he continues to maintain leadership of Rotunda, the press’s electronic publishing initiative, which was founded in 2001 with a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Office of the President at U.Va…

In addition to his professional career, Saunders is a novelist. He attended the U.Va. English department’s Creative Writing Program from 1995 to 1997 as a Henry Hoyns Fellow in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, where he began writing a spy novel that was published last year. “Ministers of Fire” captures the post-Cold War Era from China’s alliance with the U.S. during the Soviet Union’s war in Afghanistan to the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. It earned some acclaim; it was named a notable work of fiction by the Washington Post and listed as one of the Wall Street Journal’s top 10 mysteries/thrillers of 2012…”

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