Rutgers University Press Director Marlie P. Wasserman Announces Retirement

September 3, 2015

Members of the Rutgers University Community:

I am writing to share with you the news that Marlie Wasserman, longtime Director of the Rutgers University Press, has informed me of her decision to retire from the Press in 2016.  Ms. Wasserman has been the Director since 1995, and during that time the Press has grown in scope and national reputation, and has moved into its new home in the Gateway Building. Under Ms. Wasserman’s leadership and with the strong staff she has put into place, the press has developed highly respected editorial programs in the humanities and the social sciences. Through innovative partnering with Rutgers University centers and programs in Newark, New Brunswick, and Camden, the press has developed important book series in a number of areas. Most recently, she has instituted a publishing program in clinical health and medicine. In addition to the publication of a strong list of regional books over many years, the Press has recently published two comprehensive, landmark books on New Jersey, The Encyclopedia of New Jersey andMapping New Jersey.

Marlie Wasserman has ably guided the Press through a time of dramatic upheaval in the print world, and, under her direction, Rutgers University Press has been a national leader in the introduction of digital publishing. She served on the advisory board of Project MUSE University Press Content Consortium and chaired the Association of American University Presses’ (AAUP) Task Force on the Role of Electronic Publishing. She also served on the Board of the AAUP and as its president. She is frequently invited to speak at conferences and on national panels. Marlie Wasserman has been an innovative and engaged editor and leader, who has earned our deep thanks and appreciation.

A national search will soon get underway to identify a new Editor for the Rutgers University Press. Professor Deborah Carr, SAS Sociology, has graciously agreed to Chair this committee, and we are now in the process of establishing a committee that will begin its work early this Fall.  We wish Marlie well in her upcoming retirement, and thank her for her many years of creative and dedicated leadership of the Press, of which we are very proud.

Barbara A. Lee
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs