- University Press of Florida
name = University Press of Florida
established =University of Florida Press founded in
University Press of Florida founded in
staff = 41
dean = Meredith Morris-Babb
website = [http://www.upf.com/ Official website] The University Press of Florida is the scholarly publishing arm of the
State University System of Floridarepresenting all eleven universities, and is charged by the Florida Board of Governorswith publishing books of intellectual distinction and significance, books that contribute to improving the quality of higher education in the state, and books of general and regional interest and usefulness to the people of Florida, reflecting its rich historical, cultural, and intellectual heritage and resources.
History of the Press
1945and located in Gainesville, Floridanear the campus of one of the state's major research universities, University Press of Florida is the oldest book publisher in the state and one of the largest university presses in the Southeast. It was founded as the ( University of Florida Press), and had a commitment to books about the region, as exemplified by its first title, "Florida Under Five Flags", a centennial history of the state by Dr. Rembert Patrick. Today, UPF has published almost 2,500 volumes, and has a staff of 41, a total conversion to electronic editing and production, and efficient schedules and procedures in place—it releases about 100 new titles each year in the areas of international studies, archaeology, dance, history, literature, political science, and many others. A member of the Association of American University Presses, UPF ranks in the top-third of member presses for sales and new title production.
As UPF's predecessor, the University of Florida Press, began to build a successful publishing program, other public universities in Florida took notice and established presses of their own. To avoid replication of efforts among the campuses, the
Florida Board of Regentsestablished a decentralized, system-wide consortium in 1973that was known as the University Presses of Florida. Featuring independent editorial and financial controls on each of the state system's nine campuses, this structure brought all of the state's public universities into the publishing process.
By the early 1990s a need became apparent for one central authority that could refocus and unify the consortium’s publishing program, and the press was once again reconfigured. The consortium of presses became University Press of Florida, a single press for the Florida State University System, with a single editorial board, a single imprint, and a single budget for which the director is responsible. Today the UPF serves
Florida A&M University, Florida Atlantic University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida International University, Florida State University, New College of Florida, University of Central Florida, University of Florida, University of North Florida, University of South Florida, and University of West Florida.
Throughout the many changes in organization, the press has maintained its status as the premier publisher of scholarly and general interest books in the state of Florida. Reflecting the quality and scope of UPF’s list, books from the press have received prestigious awards from many academic organizations as well as "Choice" Outstanding Book and Association of American University Presses design awards. Others have been named to Amazon.com’s best-seller list and chosen for book clubs. Both academic and general interest books have received accolades from national and international media, from starred reviews in "Publishers Weekly" and a featured essay in the "
New York TimesBook Review" to major attention from the "New York Review of Books", the " Times Literary Supplement", " Village Voice", "The Nation", " Playboy", " Oxford American", and various wire services. In 2006, UPFwas hailed as a "publishing powerhouse" by the " Gainesville Sun".
Directors of the Press
State University System of Florida
Florida Board of Governors
* [http://www.upf.com/ University Press of Florida]
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