The University of Otago has appointed Rachel Scott as the
new publisher to head its flagship publishing house, Otago
Ms Scott, who has been the Canterbury University Press
publisher for the past five years, will succeed Wendy Harrex,
who is retiring next month after 20 years as publisher.
''My priority really is to get to know the staff, get to know
the city, get to know the literary landscape and take it from
there,'' Ms Scott said in an interview. Deputy
vice-chancellor of research and enterprise Prof Richard
Blaikie said Otago University Press (OUP) was one of New
Zealand's oldest and most successful university presses.
The university had been ''extremely fortunate'' to have
attracted a person of Ms Scott's qualifications and calibre
to the role.
The ''dedicated service'' of Ms Harrex had resulted in a wide
range of publications that has kept Otago University Press
(OUP) in ''extremely high standing'', he said.
Each year, Otago publishes about 20 scholarly and general
books on subjects from within New Zealand and the Pacific.
OUP also publishes New Zealand's longest-running literary
journal, Landfall, as well as other poetry and educational
Ms Scott was excited about taking up her new job this month.
She had undertaken freelance book editing and designing for
nearly two decades before working for Canterbury University
She aimed to carry on building OUP's profile by continuing to
produce high-quality books, and wanted to develop an ebook