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Mike Bieker Named Director of University of Arkansas Press

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The University of Arkansas Press on Tuesday named Mike Bieker as its new director.

Bieker, who served as business manger and assistant director for the Press, replaces Larry Malley, who retired in December, according to a news release from the university.

“I trust that Mike Bieker, who worked alongside [Malley] for many years, will continue to guide the Press to new heights,” Jim Rankin, the university’s vice provost for research and economic development, said in the news release. 

Bieker said he wanted to encourage faculty input on the Press’ role as a publisher of scholarly and creative work.

“Engaging the faculty in the activities of the Press is essential to our success and will be one of our top priorities going forward,” he said.

Bieker has been with the Press since 2004, and serves on the American Association of University Presses Board of Directors and is currently the board’s treasurer-elect. He has also served as chair of the board’s business systems committee.

Bieker is set to be the Press’ third director in its 30-year history. The Press was founded in 1980, and has been an Association of American University Presses member since 1984.

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