Implement a University press
TUP by 2032! That’s Towson University Press—which does not now exist—but which I hope will someday.
It’ll take another 10 years for the current economy to turn around, and beyond that, a further 10 years for the University to have available discretionary funds to spend once more.
When it does, I hope that its future alumni leaders – you, the current student body – will consider establishing a University book publishing press.
Even though we are one of the wealthiest states in the Federal Union now, the only such current entity has been run by Johns Hopkins –a private school – for many decades.
We are also outclassed in this regard by many other, less wealthy states, such as Kansas, Kentucky, Arkansas, Oklahoma, North Carolina and Louisiana, to name but a few.
This is true despite the fact that Towson already has many published book authors among both its faculty and graduates, myself being but one.
In my view, universities should stand for something other than more new buildings.
Thus, I’ll look forward to TUP ‘32, when I’ll be 85. Finally, I recently visited the Albert S. Cook Library on campus for the first time in 40 years. I was shocked to discover that the paper dust jackets of all the books are routinely removed, thus denying student and alumni, readers like me and you all the information and illustrations that are contained in them.
Therefore, I urge the President to cease and desist with this practice for all future volumes acquired by the library, such as mine.
Have a great summer!