Jennifer Crewe, who has served as interim director for the past nine months at Columbia University Press, has been named president and director by Columbia University provost John H. Coatsworth. The appointment, according to CUP, makes her the first female director of an Ivy League university press.

“I am passionate about Columbia University Press and am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead the press as we tackle the challenges scholarly publishing faces in the coming years,” Crewe said. “I plan to build on our already distinguished programs and to create exciting new publishing opportunities in close consultation with the Columbia faculty and administration.”

Crewe got her start with the CUP while pursuing her MFA from Columbia. After working in the commercial college textbook publishing industry, she returned to CUP 28 years ago, starting as an acquisitions editor.

“Jennifer’s background provides her with a close connection to Columbia,” said Coatsworth. “As Columbia University Press faces the ongoing revolution in information and communications technology, Jennifer is well placed to navigate those challenges while addressing the needs of the scholarly community.”