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Director of U. of New Orleans Press Loses Job Amid Budget Cuts

Bill Lavender, the director and sole employee of UNO Press, the University of New Orleans’s book-publishing operation, has lost his job in the latest round of budget cuts for public universities in Louisiana, according to The Times-Picayune. Mr. Lavender, who became director in 2007, ran the press with a small staff of graduate students. A university spokesman told the newspaper that the institution was still considering its budget-cutting options. News of Mr. Lavender’s departure comes as other scholarly publishers, such as the University of Missouri Press, are navigating the shift in traditional publishing brought on by budget pressures and new technologies.

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