Johns Hopkins University Press chief resigns because of dispute with staff

June 08, 1998|By Timothy B. Wheeler | Timothy B. Wheeler,SUN STAFF

Willis G. Regier, director of the Johns Hopkins University Press for the past three years, has resigned from the 120-year-old academic publishing house because of an internal dispute.

Steve McClain, vice provost for academic planning and budget, said he accepted Regier's resignation two weeks ago after discussing "some problems."

McClain would not elaborate, other than to say they related to "incompatibility between the senior staff and Bill."

He praised Regier as "a very fine individual and intellect" who brought innovative programs to the press.

Jack G. Goellner, who retired three years ago after 21 years at the helm of the press, is the interim director while the university searches for a permanent replacement, McClain said.

Regier, 49, former head of the University of Nebraska Press, would not discuss his reasons for resigning. He said he had enjoyed working at the oldest continuously publishing university press in the country.

He said he was particularly proud of one of its latest books: "For the Future of Israel," by former Prime Minister Shimon Peres.

"I'm very proud that I could be involved in the publication of a large number of books acquired by an exceptional group of editors," Regier said. He said he might return to academic research.

Pub Date: 6/08/98

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