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UM system undeterred in UM Press shutdown

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The University of Missouri is standing behind its cost-cutting decision to shutter the school's academic press.

Dozens of University of Missouri Press supporters attended a Board of Curators meeting Tuesday and Wednesday in Columbia in hopes of swaying the campus governing board. But the curators did not publicly discuss the recent decision by Tim Wolfe, the new president of university system. And the board doesn't typically carve out time for public comment. Wolfe and Board of Curators chairman David Bradley said today the university hopes to soon unveil a new model for the 54-year-old publishing house that will emphasize digital distribution. The university system provides a $400,000 annual subsidy to the press. The Missouri press has also had a recent yearly deficit of $50,000 to $100,000.

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