John Byram has been appointed director of the University of New Mexico Press, announced UNM Vice Provost Wynn Goering. Byram, currently associate director and editor in chief of the University Press of Florida, begins his duties at UNM in mid-August.

"John has an impressive background in both commercial and university publishing," Goering said.  "We're looking forward to his leadership."

In addition to his editorial and management duties at UFP, Byram was also named its director of development in 2008.  He instituted the press's first systematic fundraising program for individual projects and an endowment, increasing annual giving some 400 percent over prior years.

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