May 19, 2022

Charles Watkinson Begins Serving as Director of University of Michigan Press

From the U. of Michigan Libraries:

The University of Michigan Library welcomes Charles Watkinson to the position of associate university librarian for publishing and director of the University of Michigan Press, beginning July 1.

Watkinson, who has extensive experience in scholarly publishing and in library publishing collaborations with both university presses and scholarly societies, looks forward to the opportunities presented by his new role.


Most recently Watkinson served as director of Purdue University Press and head of scholarly publishing services in Purdue University Libraries. His previous positions include director of publications at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens  and general manager of the David Brown Book Company.

An important contributor to the international conversation about scholarly communications, Watkinson has served on the boards of directors of the Association of American University Presses and Society for Scholarly Publishing, and on the executive group of the Library Publishing Coalition project. He holds degrees from University of Cambridge and Oxford Brookes University.

University Librarian and Dean of Libraries James Hilton says that Watkinson “possesses a compelling vision for the mission and business of Michigan Publishing, both of which will ensure that our publishing operation continues to lead in this essential realm.

See Also:  What do Students Learn from Participation in an Undergraduate Research Journal? Results of an Assessment
by Sharon Weiner and Charles Watkinson. Article appears in the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, Vol. 2 No. 2 (2014). Published March 31, 2014.

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