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KNOXVILLE — Scot Danforth has been named director of the University of Tennessee Press.

Danforth succeeds Jennifer Siler, who retired at the end of January after a 27-year career at the Press. He began his duties on July 1, becoming only the fourth director in the 68-year history of the press.

Danforth has served as editor and acquisitions editor at the Press since 1994. Before that, he served in similar capacities at the University of Arkansas Press for five years. He has participated on a number of panels at national and regional meetings of the Association of American University Presses. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Hendrix College and a master’s degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

The University of Tennessee Press is the not-for-profit publishing arm of the University of Tennessee system. The press releases 35 to 40 titles a year in many fields, including Appalachian studies, the American Civil War and Tennessee studies, as well as trade books related to the state and region.


Tom Post, UT Press, (865) 974-5466,