SMU Press to suspend operations June 1

The University plans to suspend operations of the SMU Press as of June 1, 2010.

Budgetary reasons have been cited for the suspension, Provost Paul Ludden has announced.

“It is with regret that we make the decision to suspend operations of the SMU Press, which has enjoyed a distinguished history of publishing. But in these challenging budgetary times, difficult and sometimes unpopular decisions must be made. SMU has weathered the financial crisis well, but some cuts were necessary,” said Ludden in a written statement.

“By suspending operations rather than closing the press with finality, we retain the option to resume the press in a renewed form in the future.”

At its final 2009-10 meeting May 5, the Faculty Senate passed a motion to create an ad hoc committee to review the suspension. In addition, the Senate voted to ask that the decision be reversed and no jobs be terminated until the ad hoc committee completed its review.