CHAPEL HILL, N.C. Kate Douglas Torrey, director of the University of North Carolina Press and former editor-in-chief at the University Press of Kansas, has been elected president of the Association of American University Presses.
Torrey assumed the presidency last month at the AAUP's annual meeting in Snowbird, Utah.
Torrey lived in Lawrence and worked at the University Press of Kansas from 1976 to 1989. She was a copy editor and acquisition editor before becoming editor-in-chief in 1985.
Her husband, Allen Torrey, worked at the Lawrence Journal-World from 1975 to 1989 as a reporter and news editor.
As president of AAUP, Torrey will lead a 13-member board and coordinate the work of 18 committees.
"This is a great honor," Torrey said during a recent telephone interview. "The work of the members of AAUP represents the very best in American book publishing."
The AAUP, which represents 114 scholarly presses, was created in 1937 to encourage the dissemination of scholarly research and ideas. The publishers it represents publish nearly 8,000 books annually.
Torrey has worked in scholarly publishing for more than 20 years, during which time she has been active in the AAUP, serving on committees and on its board of directors.