In Memoriam: Mark Saunders

Mark Saunders, director of the University of Virginia Press, was a committed member of the University Press Week Task Force from its beginning in 2012. The tag line we used that first year—"Contributing to an informed society"—was Mark's suggestion, and the idea remained at the heart of why Mark continued to invest his much-requested time in our annual celebration of the deep and enduring value of university presses. The Task Force was just beginning to plan for this fall's University Press Week when we learned of Mark's death in May. It is a year when we are again contemplating what it means to be "an informed society" and how the kinds of publishing we do—that Mark cared about so deeply and did so well—can contribute.

In June, as we settled on a 2019 UP Week theme that Mark would have championed—how what university presses do is intended to shape and impact the world for better—we also wanted to celebrate the role that Mark held in our community and profession. He was a mentor and a model, an adviser and a listener, and reminded us that the people we work with every day are often the greatest value a univesity press holds. Throughout the week of the AUPresses annual meeting, the UP Week Task Force hosted a #WeAreUP blog tour in Mark's honor.

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