Melbourne University Publishing CEO quits over ‘narrow’ new focus

Louise Adler and four board members resign over concerns about loss of editorial independence

Melbourne University Publishing’s CEO and members of its board of directors have resigned in protest against the university’s proposed new strategy for the publishing house that, according to the former chairman, is “culturally damaging”.

Louise Adler, MUP’s CEO and the powerhouse personality behind the publishing house since 2003, has put in her resignation, along with four members of its board of directors including the chairman, Laurie Muller, the former NSW premier Bob Carr, the former president of the Australian Human Rights Commission Gillian Triggs, and Tony Peake, effective Thursday. Danny Gorog, whose term on the board ends on the same day, will also step down. The rest of the board continues in their roles.