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03.09.2023 | SSP News & Releases

The Society for Scholarly Publishing Welcomes Susan Patton as Program Director

March 7, 2023 – This week, the Society for Scholarly Publishing announces Susan Patton as the newest member of the SSP team. She will be joining SSP as Program Director. This full-time position works collaboratively with SSP’s programming-focused committees, the Executive Director, and the Board in setting strategic direction for developing all educational programming of the Society.

“We are excited that Susan is joining the SSP team. She brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge,” said Melanie Dolechek, SSP Executive Director. “SSP’s education programs are expanding, and we’re looking forward to Susan’s guidance as we develop new training and education solutions for our members.” 

Susan will provide continuity, guidance, support, and standards for the SSP committees charged with developing educational and informational programs. The Program Director also manages logistics and planning for the society’s seminars, webinars, adjacent events, training activities, and regional events.

Susan served most recently as the general manager of the Editorial Freelancers Association. At the EFA, she managed the staff and office and supported the work of its Board of Governors. Before that, she worked for over 20 years at the Association of University Presses, where she helped organize the AUPresses Annual Meeting, produced the annual membership directory, and administered several professional development programs. She lives in Northern New Jersey with her husband, teenage son, dog, and cat.

“I am excited to be back in the scholarly publishing community facilitating educational opportunities that will inform members at all stages of their careers,” said Susan. “I’m looking forward to working with SSP’s enthusiastic volunteers.”

About the Society for Scholarly Publishing The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP), founded in 1978, is a nonprofit organization formed to promote and advance communication among all sectors of the scholarly publication community through networking, information dissemination, and facilitation of new developments in the field. SSP members represent all aspects of scholarly publishing—including publishers, printers, e-products developers, technical service providers, librarians, and editors. SSP members come from a wide range of large and small commercial and nonprofit organizations. They meet at SSP’s annual meetings, educational seminars, and regional events to hear the latest trends from respected colleagues and discuss common and mutual (and sometimes divergent) goals and viewpoints.

Contact Melanie Dolechek, Executive Director | info@sspnet.org | 303-422-3914

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