Director, Duke University Press & Adjunct Professor, MPS in Publishing, George Washington University
Dean Smith is currently the Director of Duke University Press. Previously he was the Director of Cornell University Press, where he oversaw a program that published 150 new books a year and featured 3,000 titles in print. His career in publishing spans 29 years and includes experience in scholarly, STM, trade and association-based publishing.
His career has evolved with the profession in a variety of roles such as journal publisher, director of electronic publishing, vice president of sales and marketing, society publisher and press director. Dean Smith brings a wealth of experience in leading digital publishing initiatives, global sales and marketing expertise, and strategic planning skills. He conceived and launched the University Press Content Consortia on Project MUSE--a multi-publisher e-book initiative which features 35,000 eBooks to sit alongside 600 scholarly journals on the leading digital platform in the humanities and social sciences.
He is a published author, poet and freelance journalist. His book acquisitions include Professor at Large: The Cornell Years by John Cleese and Cornell ’77: The Magic, Mystery and Magnificence of the Grateful Dead’s Concert at Barton Hall.