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James D. Jordan to Join Columbia University Press as President, Director

James D. Jordan

James D. Jordan, Director of the Johns Hopkins University Press since 1998, will join the Columbia University Press as President and Director in mid-January, 2004.

Jordan began his publishing career at W. W. Norton in 1973, where he served more than 21 years as an Editor in the life and information sciences, Marketing Director, Director of the College Division, Head of the Norton Medical Books program and member of the Board of Directors.

Under Jordan's direction, the Johns Hopkins University Press has been a recipient of many awards for publishing excellence, including the American Association of Publisher's R.R.Hawkins award for the outstanding academic book of the year.

Alan Brinkley, Provost of Columbia University and Chair of the Press' Board of Trustees, announced the appointment: "Columbia is very fortunate to have attracted Jim Jordan to head the Columbia University Press. Jim's diverse experience in many areas of publishing and his superb record of success at Johns Hopkins make him an ideal person to lead the Press into a future filled with both opportunities and challenges."

"I'm delighted to return to New York, where I have always lived in the shadow of this great university, and to be able to play a formative role in the future of one of the oldest and most distinguished university presses in North America. The support of President Bollinger, Provost Brinkley, and the Columbia Board of Trustees for their Press is a resounding statement of commitment to scholarly publishing as an indispensable activity of a world-class university. I'm grateful to be asked to contribute to the outstanding academic publishing that this support will make possible at Columbia," said Jordan.

Columbia University Press, which celebrates its 110th anniversary this year, publishes award-winning books in the sciences, Middle East studies, international affairs, literature in translation, history, religion, anthropology, social work, Asian studies, and other subject areas. The Press is also known for its successful pioneering program in electronic publishing, which includes "The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia," "The Columbia Guide to Digital Publishing," "Columbia International Affairs Online," "The Columbia Gazetteer of the World Online," and "Columbia Grangers World of Poetry."

Published: Nov 24, 2003
Last modified: Nov 21, 2003

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