Peter Froehlich to lead Purdue Libraries Publishing Division

March 26, 2015  

Peter Froelich

Peter Froelich

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue Dean of Libraries James L. Mullins announced Thursday (March 26) that Peter Froehlich, Indiana University Press, will be the new director of Purdue University Press and head of Scholarly Publishing Services in the Purdue Libraries Publishing Division, effective May 1.

Froehlich started working at Indiana University Press in 2006. Since 2010, he has been the subsidiary rights manager at IUP. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.  Froehlich succeeds Charles Watkinson, who left Purdue to become associate university librarian for publishing and director of the University of Michigan Press. 

William Harper, chair of the Purdue University Press Editorial Board and professor of health and kinesiology, said, "Peter brings both wide-ranging experiences and plucky enthusiasm to the dual positions of director of Purdue University Press and head of Scholarly Publishing Services. We welcome his appointment and look forward to working with him in our continuous efforts to further advance Purdue's scholarly publishing impact around the world."

The Purdue Libraries Publishing Division creates a collaborative environment by uniting Purdue University Press with Scholarly Publishing Services. The Publishing Division is dedicated to enhancing the impact and extending the reach of academic research and scholarship through the development and dissemination of books, journals, digital collections, innovative electronic products, technical report series and conference proceedings. The Purdue University Press, founded in 1960, is a member of the Association of American University Presses and was a founding member of the Library Publishing Coalition. Purdue was one of the first in the United States to integrate library/university press/open access scholarly publishing into a single unit. 

Contact: Shannon Walker, Purdue University Libraries director of strategic communication, 765-496-9610, 

Sources: James L. Mullins, 765-494-2900,

Peter Froelich, 

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