ATG People in the News 7/13/17

George Andreou (Photo by Michael Lionstar)

New director for Harvard University Press    

Harvard University Provost Alan Garber today announced the appointment of George Andreou as director of the Harvard University Press, beginning in September. Andreou, currently vice president and senior editor at Alfred A. Knopf, succeeds William P. Sisler, who served at the helm of the press from 1990 until his recent retirement…

A seasoned trade editor, Andreou has published a broad range of fiction and nonfiction, including works by Nobel laureates V.S. Naipaul, Orhan Pamuk, and James D. Watson; U.S. Associate Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor; and Pulitzer Prize-winning poets John Ashbery and Peter Balakian.

Andreou also has worked with Harvard University Professors David Armitage and Henry Louis Gates Jr. as well as with such scholars as Sir David Cannadine, Joan Breton Connelly, Ronald Dworkin, Harry Frankfurt, Hermione Lee, and Tim Wu

Andreou earned his A.B. from Harvard College in 1987 in English and American literature and language. He pursued graduate studies at Yale University before decamping for the New York publishing industry. After joining Knopf in 1990 as an editorial assistant, he worked his way up the ranks and was appointed to his current role in 2005.

In 1994, Andreou co-founded Vintage Español, an imprint dedicated to publishing select works of fiction and nonfiction in Spanish for the U.S. market. Among the first authors he published there were Junot Díaz, Rosario Ferré, and Cristina García. Vintage Español would go on to become one of the largest Spanish-language publishers in the country, with authors including Isabel Allende, Roberto Bolaño, and Gabriel García Márquez.

Andreou has been on the faculty of the Writers’ Institute at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York since 2012. This unique program introduces talented writers to prestigious editors through one-year intensive courses of instruction. In addition, Andreou has lectured at other colleges and universities throughout the United States…”


During its annual conference in Austin, the Texas Digital Library (TDL) honored Pattie Orr, who recently retired as Baylor University’s vice president for information technology and dean of University Libraries, for her leadership in academic libraries and unfailing support of the organization’s mission.

Since Orr arrived at Baylor in 2007, she has worked with TDL leadership to further innovation across the state of Texas in the area of digital scholarship. During her tenure on the TDL board, Orr helped oversee the implementation of the Texas Digital Repository, their preservation storage architecture and the implementation of the Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) system. She also has served as a technical consultant to the board, assisting with the technical implementation of several key initiatives.

“Dean Orr has led Baylor’s collaboration with TDL since the beginning, and we are truly grateful for her support of Texas’ academic libraries,” said Kristi Park, TDL executive director, as she presented Orr with the recognition.

Baylor University was one of the initial universities to join the Texas Digital Library when it was founded in 2005. Today, the TDL has 22 members whose partnership represents both large and small research institutions across Texas. The consortium provides digital resources, such as preservation storage, technical training, a platform for open source journals and resources for managing electronic theses and dissertations, which can be used by its member institutions.

During Orr’s decade of service at Baylor, the University hosted several TDL training sessions, and the digital collections of the Baylor Libraries are preserved using storage provided through the consortium…”

 

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