University of Arkansas Press Hires New Design and Production Manager

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Barbara Karwhite has recently joined the University of Arkansas Press as director of editing, design and production. Karwhite comes to the press with over a decade of relevant experience including, most recently, her role as design/production manager at the University of Tennessee Press.

Karwhite will work closely with the entire press staff, along with authors, freelance designers and editors, and printers, to ensure that the press’s print and electronic publications meet professional standards and are completed on time and within budget.

She replaces Brian King, who recently retired after 22 years at the press.

“We are sad to lose the knowledge and professionalism with which Brian has handled the details of editing, design, and production over the years, but fortunate to have found Barbara at the right time,” said Mike Bieker, director of the UA Press. “Her wealth of experience and commitment gives me confidence that our quality standards will be maintained.  Our authors are in good hands with Barbara.”

About the University of Arkansas Press: The University of Arkansas Press was founded in 1980 as the book publishing division of the University of Arkansas. A member of the Association of American University Presses, it has as its central and continuing mission the publication of books that serve both the broader academic community and Arkansas and the region.

About the University of Arkansas: The University of Arkansas provides an internationally competitive education for undergraduate and graduate students in more than 200 academic programs. The university contributes new knowledge, economic development, basic and applied research, and creative activity while also providing service to academic and professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University of Arkansas among only 2 percent of universities in America that have the highest level of research activity. U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Arkansas among its top American public research universities. Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas comprises 10 colleges and schools and maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio that promotes personal attention and close mentoring.


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