LSU Cuts Are Deep; Press Survives

July 13, 2009

The Louisiana State University is eliminating 400 positions, 100 of them at the flagship campus in Baton Rouge, but the LSU Press will survive. The Advocate quoted LSU officials as saying that the cuts -- while significant -- are not as large as first feared. While the university press will not be eliminated, university officials said that its budget will be cut and that operations like the press need to take cuts to protect the jobs of faculty members. The press is well respected for its books on history and literature, and many scholars nationwide were concerned about the publishing arm being on the chopping block. In an e-mail to Inside Higher Ed, MaryKatherine Callaway, director of the press, said that she was pleased that the press will now be able to celebrate its 75th anniversary next year. "While we must definitely retool our entire operation in light of the budget cuts, we intend to implement a plan that will allow the press to thrive over the next 75 years," she said.

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