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Suzanne Morse Moomaw Named Director of the University of Virginia Press

Suzanne Morse Moomaw has been named Director of the University of Virginia Press, effective January 2020. Moomaw is Associate Professor of Urban + Environmental Planning in the School of Architecture and Director of the Community Design Research Center. She has served on the Press’s Board of Directors since 2015, the last two years as chair. On leave from the School of Architecture for the 2020-21 academic year, Moomaw will launch the search for the next Director by spring 2021. The position became vacant with the death of Mark Saunders.

Archie Holmes, UVA’s vice provost for academic affairs, made the announcement, commenting: “Suzanne Moomaw is the ideal person to lead UVA Press, building on a storied 60-year history of intellectual curiosity and scholarship and bringing her creative energy and substantial experience to the launch of some exciting new initiatives.”

Moomaw began her career in higher education before a 30-year stint in philanthropic, non-profit and research organizations, first with the Kettering Foundation and then as president and CEO of the Pew Partnership for Civic Change, a national research think tank dedicated to the resilience of urban and rural areas around the world. Her scholarship and writing address postindustrial regeneration in the United States and Latin America. She has been a Fellow at Virginia Humanities and the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, as well as a Sorensen Fellow at the JFK Library, a Moody Fellow at the LBJ Library, and a Donchian Fellow at the Institute of Practical Ethics and Public Life at UVA. She is on the Board of Trustees of the Kettering Foundation and the Board of Directors of the Albemarle Housing Improvement Program.

Moomaw said of her new role at the University, “The challenges in our world require—demand—that scholarly presses bring the most creative and intellectually rigorous thinking to the larger world. The University of Virginia Press is perfectly poised to partner with our University as it enters its third century, with plans to do just that.”