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Starting 2016 with a Leadership Transition

Jan 12, 2016 (1:15 pm)

Thomas Payton, former associate director of sales and marketing at TU Press, stepped into the role of director on January 1 as part of a leadership succession plan developed by Barbara Ras, the press’s director for the past thirteen years.  

Ras, who headed up the press starting in 2002, reviving the organization after its fourteen-year dormancy, will serve as associate director for editorial. “This is a fabulous opportunity to keep a great leadership team in place,” she said. 

Payton, who has twenty-six years of experience in the book business, joined the press in 2010 after stints at the University of Georgia Press, Hill Street Press, the American Institute of Architects, and Oxford Bookstores. He will oversee print and digital publishing operations, strategic planning, fund-raising, budgeting, and marketing and sales. 

“It’s a good day for us, he said. “This is part of a leadership succession plan that Barbara developed, thinking about the press’s future and her role with it. It’s really a win-win, for Barbara, for the university, and for me.” 

Read more about the transition: Rivard ReportSan Antonio Express-NewsPublishers Weekly.

Meet the Intern: Sarah Davis

Jul 14, 2015 (12:57 pm)

Summer for college students means a break from coursework, but it can also be an opportunity to gain valuable experience in the working world. 

I’m Sarah Davis, a marketing intern at TU Press, and this summer I hope to learn more about marketing and book promotion while enjoying the variety of books published by the press. I spent the first two summers of college at home in Houston working various jobs, but this summer—before my senior year at Trinity—I wanted to live in San Antonio and advance my marketing skills. TU Press presented the perfect opportunity.

It took me a while, namely my first two years, to figure out exactly what I wanted to do with my communications and anthropology majors. Communications brought me to reporting on campus news for the student newspaper, the Trinitonian, and working at the student television station, TigerTV, where I discovered a passion for writing and creating content. 

Studying anthropology, on the other hand, sparked a deep interest in other cultures and reading about the experiences other people have while traveling and researching abroad. I am also learning the Spanish language, and many of my courses focus on Texas and the Southwest. TU Press aims to publish books focused on this region, and this turns out to be a great way for me to continue my studies outside the classroom. 

The school year, filled with classes and student activities, never leaves enough time for recreational reading. When I learned about the press’s mission to publish books for the general reader, I knew it would be a great place to indulge in summer reading. Many of the press’s books are about travel and self-discovery, which appeals to my interest in travel.

When I’m not at work you can find me watching and learning about movies, scanning news sites, and exploring San Antonio. My love for Trinity led me to the press—yet another thing that makes this school the perfect place for me. I can’t wait to see what’s in store this summer.