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To Our Friends and Colleagues

As many of you know by now, our director, Mark Saunders, passed away suddenly last month. The weeks since his passing have been painful for those of us who worked with Mark and valued not just his leadership but his friendship. The world keeps moving, however--Mark would have been less surpised by this than anyone--and as we continue on at the the Press, we drafted a letter to our authors and the many people with whom we do business to update them on where we are in regard to number of issues, from daily operations to the search for a new director, and to assure them that we continue to efficiently carry on the business of the Press. The letter, which was signed by Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Archie Holmes and UVA Press Assistant Director and Editor in Chief Eric Brandt, is reproduced below.

Dear Friend:

Given your association with the University of Virginia Press, we know you share our shock and sadness at the recent news of Press Director Mark Saunders’ unexpected passing. The response of sympathy across campus, in the Charlottesville community, and from the Association of University Presses was overwhelming. Mark was highly respected and admired, and his presence will be greatly missed.

We write today to reassure you that the University of Virginia is committed to the ongoing success of its Press. The administration and faculty understand the undeniable value it provides to the university as well as to the scholarly community at large. The Press has a long tradition of excellence in publishing the best scholarship in American history and politics, literature and culture, architecture and environment. Its cutting-edge initiatives in digital publishing are recognized nationally.

Archie Holmes has met with the University of Virginia Press’ Board of Directors and a national search will soon begin for a new Press Director. In the meantime, we at the UVA Press are all committed to continuing the tradition of excellent work and honoring the high standards Mark incorporated into our operations. The staff will continue to acquire the highest quality scholarship for publication, which will continue to be vetted by experts, reviewed by a faculty editorial committee of the finest scholars across the state, produced with the Press’ usual high standards, and publicized and marketed nationally, as well as internationally.

Thank you for your loyalty to the University of Virginia Press. Please reach out to either of us if you have questions. Respectfully yours,

Archie Holmes
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs (434) 924-7770 ah7sj@virginia.edu

Eric Brandt, PhD
Assistant Director & Editor in Chief, UVA Press (434) 982-3033
eab7fb@virginia.edu