Later this month Mary Dougherty will officially take office as the director of the University of Massachusetts Press in Amherst. She is only the third director of the 51-year-old press. Her predecessor, Bruce Wilcox, retired in June after serving close to 32 years.

For the past 15 years, Dougherty has been in college textbook publishing and served most recently as publisher for history at Bedford/St. Martin’s where she more than doubled the history list’s annual revenue. She also launched a digital strategy, including the adaptation of a new platform and the development of digital resources.

"My hope," said Dougherty, "is to sustain the many qualities that now distinguish the University of Massachusetts Press, to grow the press in new areas to serve emerging scholarly and community needs, and to publish nimbly in print, digitally, across vendors and across platforms to reach scholars and readers."