Business Systems Committee


Committee Roster

Brent Oberlin, MIT, Chair (brento AT mit DOT edu)
Duane Anderson, Abilene Christian
Lynne Benedetto, Cornell
Davida Breier, Johns Hopkins
Alice Ennis, Illinois
Ryan Pingel, Wisconsin
Ioan Suciu, Georgetown

Board Liaison
Nadine Buckland, West Indies

Central Office Liaisons
Susan Patton
Kim Miller


General Objective:

  • Develop and manage tools, programs, and resources to assist Association members in improving the financial management of their presses.

Specific Charges to the Business Systems Committee:

  • Commission and implement the AAUP annual statistics survey; develop Guidelines to assist member presses in completing the survey. Consider revising how New in Paperback titles are treated in the survey. Plan for how statistics from Regular members outside of North America will be incorporated into the survey beginning in 2018. 
  • As requested, support the Central Office in the collection and/or analysis of Quarterly Sales and Returns Data.
  • Develop a timetable for updating the Business Handbook, and deliver revisions per plan.
  • Working with the Professional Development Committee and the Central Office, develop a live program on finances for non-financial managers to be presented at an appropriate forum during the 2018 Annual Meeting and recorded and edited for subsequent presentation as a webinar series.

Common Charges to All Committees of the Corporation:

  • Include your board and staff liaisons in all committee communications and activities.
  • Seek opportunities to support the Association’s core value of diversity by engaging in activities and developing programs that include participation from diverse members of the community and/or that aim to increase the diversity and inclusivity of our community.
  • Seek opportunities to support the goals of the Association’s 2016 membership restructuring by integrating into your committee activities the participation of colleagues from non-North American member presses.
  • Support the efforts of the Central Office staff to identify opportunities to leverage UP Commons (targeted launch: Fall 2017) to facilitate collaboration and communication among the members of your committee and the broader community it represents.
  • Make a summary report on Committee activities to the Association Board in time for its November, March, and June meetings; reports are due on Thursday, October 12, 2017, Thursday, March 1, 2018, and Thursday, May 24, 2018. Review your General Objective and Specific Tasks, and recommend changes for next year to the Executive Director.

Committee Reports

2016–2017 Final Report
2015–2016 Final Report

2014–2015 Final Report
2013–2014 Final Report
2012–2013 Final Report

2011–2012 Final Report
2010–2011 Final Report
2009–2010 Final Report
2008–2009 Final Report
2007–2008 Final Report
2006–2007 Final Report
2005–2006 Final Report