Founded in 1975, The University Press publishes 50 to 60 books a year and has won more than 500 book awards.
Our mission is to be the preeminent academic press in selected fields by publishing high quality books and other works that educate readers and advance knowledge in the most technologically efficient and fiscally responsible way possible, while enhancing the stature and reflecting the mission and growth of Texas A&M University.
The Press’s strategic plan provides for five-year growth projections to reflect the growth of Texas A&M University and the many students and citizens it serves.
• Endow leadership positions at $250,000 to secure high-level publishing professionals in editing, marketing and book design.
• Fund facility upgrades and expansion of the Press’s current home in the John H. Lindsey Building. A $3 million commitment would provide for additional office, warehouse and meeting space.
• Establish donor-named student internships and graduate fellowships to provide more learning opportunities and support for students at $10,000 each.
• Endow or fund donor-named publishing programs in subject areas of university strength (a variety of funding amount options).
Investment in digital and open access publishing technology as well as in cutting-edge system software will strengthen the Press’s leadership position in scholarly communication and the publishing industry. These technology upgrades will allow the Press to:
• Extend its alignment with the academic strengths of the university
• Remain the premier publisher and distributor of books about Texas
• Fulfill our mission to be the preeminent academic press in all fields in which we publish
Honoring our land grant mission, the Press has long served as the distributor for the Texas Book Consortium, currently a group of eight university and small presses from around the state who depend on the Press for logistical support that includes sales, warehousing, fulfillment and accounting. Funding for up-to-date distribution software and warehouse automation will result in the most efficient and widest possible dissemination of books that give readers a wider and more intimate understanding of their regions, their communities, their institutions and their heritage.