Title: AU’s publishing tradition continues with formation of campus press
Anderson University recently launched the Anderson University Press, a program of the university which functions cooperatively with the ministries of the Church of God and Warner Press. The project has been in the works for several years. In 1997, the University Trustees authorized the formation of a campus press after reviewing a “case statement” presented by President Edwards and Dean Carl Caldwell. Studies conducted on the feasibility of a campus press concluded beginning a press was prudent, however the creation of an exclusive campus press by a small, Christian university like AU is not common, according to Dr. Barry Callen, editor of the Press. “For church-affiliated schools, it’s very rare,” he said. “It’s an event.”
The Press will operate under the two central concepts of holiness and unity as publishing priorities and will publish books that in some way address one or both of these topics. These two priorities are based on the ideas expressed in John W. V. Smith’s book on the history of the Church of God movement.
The initial year of the Press’s existence has been devoted to organizational functions. One of the primary steps for the Press was to appoint an Editorial Committee. Thomas Bruce, Patricia Janutolo, and Kevin Radaker were chosen as members of the committee during the fall 2000 semester and have begun to work in congruence with Anderson University’s mission and previous Press related actions of the Board of Trustees.
AU Press will utilize the production facilities and storage space of Warner Press, as part of a non-competitive relationship with the nearby publication company. “We’ve talked carefully with them and have developed a very open working relationship,” Callen said.
A request is being made for the inclusion of the Press in the regular university budget for 2001-2002. Currently, funding remains a challenge for the fledgling organization, as early projects will find financial support on a case-by-case basis.
Due for release in April, Ahead of His Times: A Life of George P. Tasker by Dr. Douglas E. Welch will be the first title to be officially published under the Press.
Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,400 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs of study in theology, business and education.