The University of Missouri on Tuesday announced that its scholarly-publishing outfit would continue to operate, and staff members currently employed by the press would be asked to continue in their jobs. The move follows the university’s controversial announcement in May that it would shut down the operation in the face of budget pressures and replace it with a digital venture. Control of the press will be transferred from the system to the Columbia campus, where administrators are forming an advisory committee to direct its future, according to the announcement.
“My goal is to develop a press that is vibrant and adaptive, but I realize that change is often difficult,” the system’s president, Timothy M. Wolfe, said in a written statement. “I have been listening to the support and dedication the community and others have shown the press, and make every assurance that university administration is working to create the kind of press of which the academic community and those that it serves can be proud.”