Charles Myers has been appointed the new director of the University Press of Kansas. Previously an executive editor and group publisher at Princeton University Press, Myers succeeds Fred Woodward, who has served as director since 1981.

“Chuck has built excellent lists in political science, law, and American history at the university presses of both Michigan and Princeton," said Woodward. "I have long thought of him as the best-qualified publisher to lead the University Press of Kansas into the future.”

Myers, who received a Ph.D. in political science and a law degree at the University of Michigan, has recently signed Robert K. Belton’s book The Crusade for Equality in the Workplace: The Griggs v. Duke Power Story and taken over responsibility for two of UPK’s series, Landmark Law Cases and American Society and Constitutional Thinking.

“I am taking over responsibility for a thriving press with a great staff," said Myers. "We are going to begin to offer digital editions of our print books, revamp our web site, and grow our lists with an emphasis on political science, law, American history, military history, environmental studies, western history, Kansas regional titles, and American popular culture.”

With this transition, Woodward continues at UPK as senior editor. Michael Briggs remains UPK’s editor-in-chief.