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Barbara Kline Pope

Johns Hopkins University Press

When the country’s oldest academic press was looking for a new leader, they turned to a woman with 34 years of experience with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Press, during which she steered the organization through an era of digital innovation.

Barbara Kline Pope was named director of Hopkins Johns Hopkins University Press in 2017.

Her move to Hopkins, Pope said at the time, “put a capstone on my career.

“I decided I’d really like to have the experience of running a large university press and bring to it my own knowledge of science publishing,” she said.

Hopkins Press, started in 1878, is the largest journal publication program of any American university, publishing more than 85 journals in a range of disciplines. The books division, meanwhile, publishes some 150 new books a year.

The press also includes Project MUSE, a leading provider of digital content in the social sciences and humanities for libraries around the world

Pope earned her bachelor’s degree from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and her master’s in textile and apparel marketing from the University of Maryland.

She has served as president of the Association of American University Presses and sat on the management board at MIT Press.

When he announced her appointment, Johns Hopkins Provost Sunil Kumar said Pope was distinguished by her “openness to innovation, commitment to connecting with audiences and stakeholders and passion for sharing knowledge.”