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Edward W. Barry

President Emeritus, Oxford University Press

Edward W. Barry

Edward Barry's publishing career spans almost 40 years. He spent over 20 years at Macmillan Publishing Company, where he simultaneously served as President of the Free Press and President of the multidisciplinary Professional Books Division. In 1982 he joined Oxford University Press Inc. (OUP-USA) as President.

At OUP-USA, Ed's primary goal to expand and improve the scholarly publishing program of the Press while ensuring its financial health for the future. To accomplish this, he formed a multivolume, scholarly reference publishing unit with both print and digital capabilities; dramatically expanded academic and scholarly publishing from a small list in philosophy to a program encompassing works in most humanities, social science and science disciplines; and engineered a reorganization that rejuvenated the college textbook division and provided increased focus for the trade, medical and Bible divisions.

Works published during Ed's tenure at both companies have won an impressive number of Pulitzer and Bancroft prizes. He is most proud of the seven Dartmouth Medal Medals from the American Library Association for works such as the 16-volume Encyclopedia of Religion, the 24-volume American National Biography and the four-volume Encyclopedia of Bioethics—the first in its field.

Ed continues to be active in the publishing industry and related fields. He serves or has served on seven university press boards and a number of other for-profit and not-for-profit boards. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Connecticut and an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Oxford. He joined the OCLC Board of Trustees in 2002.