Publisher Frances Pinter has taken a newly created role as executive chair of the Central European University Press in Budapest, Hungary.
Pinter—who co-founded CEU Press 30 years ago—will now divide her working time between Budapest and London.
She is said to have an "ambitious future" in mind for the press, which publishes in the humanities and social sciences and is dedicated to English language publishing for research coming out of central and eastern Europe, with particular strengths in the history of Communism and the transitions to democracy.
Pinter said: "For nearly 30 years CEU Press has stood as a beacon for the values of open society and democracy. The university is now researching and teaching across disciplines to address the complex social and political issues of the 21st century. We will increasingly be looking to make our content not just relevant but also accessible by employing a number of Open Access models. I am delighted to be working with the press again and look forward to engaging with all of our partners around the world.”
The press published 30 titles last year, and that will rise to 50 in the next few years. Acting director Linda Kunos will report to Pinter, with a permanent director to be recruited "in due course".
CEU president and rector Michael Ignatieff commented: “Frances Pinter brings vision, commitment, and a wealth of expertise to the role. Under her guidance, we look forward to an expanded CEU Press continuing to impact on a new generation of scholars, policy makers and activists, and to a further era of engagement with, and support for the values of, open societies everywhere.”
Pinter stepped down from her role as executive director of Knowledge Unlatched in January 2018 and was honoured with the first University Press Redux Award for outstanding contribution to university press publishing shortly afterwards.
The Central European University was established in 1991 by philanthropist George Soros.