Mark Saunders Named Director of UVa Press

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 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,” says David Klein, Chair of the Board of Directors of UVa Press and Associate Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia. “He is a wonderful choice for Director.”

Saunders launched his career as a buyer and events coordinator at Politics & Prose Bookstore, moving on to Columbia University Press in 1991, where he served as East Coast Sales Representative and then National Sales Manager. He arrived at UVa 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 of the Press. 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 President’s Office at UVa.

“I am very pleased and honored to be named director of the University of Virginia Press during the fiftieth year of its history,” said Saunders. “Working with Penny Kaiserlian and my longtime colleagues at the Press and the University, we have built a foundation that blends the traditional strengths of a university press with innovation sparked by digital technologies. I look forward to enhancing our distinguished list and extending the promise of Rotunda in the years ahead.”

The University of Virginia Press is very pleased to welcome Mark in his new role as Director.