Hope LeGro to Become Interim Director of Georgetown University Press

News Release: August 11, 2017

Hope LeGro to Become Interim Director of Georgetown University Press

WASHINGTON D.C.—Richard Brown, Director of Georgetown University Press, has decided to take a new position as Director of the University of South Carolina Press. He will be leaving the GU Press on October 6, 2017. 

Photo of Richard Brown, Director of Georgetown University PressDr. Brown arrived at GU Press in 2001. During his tenure, the Press sustained record revenues, the staff doubled in size, and the Press moved from the smallest category of university presses to its current medium-size status. Brown sharpened the Press’s editorial profile and under his leadership the Press published acclaimed lists in bioethics, international affairs, languages and linguistics, public management, religion and ethics and, more recently, regional titles. GU Press books have been translated and co-published in over twenty countries, including China, Russia, South Korea and India. During Brown’s tenure the Press added journals in international affairs and Arabic language instruction while establishing a substantial international presence, with distribution and sales partnerships in Europe, Asia, Australia-New Zealand, and the Middle East. In addition, GU Press books won dozens of awards in all of its subject areas for content and design, including numerous PROSE Awards from the Association of American Publishers/Professional Scholarly Publishing Division.

We at GU Press are most grateful for Dr. Brown’s dedicated and exemplary service to the Press. We congratulate him on his new position and wish him all the very best!


Photo of Hope LeGroHope LeGro, current director of the Georgetown Languages division and a seventeen-year veteran of GU Press, has graciously agreed to serve as Interim Director, effective October 7, 2017, to continue and expand the Press’s current initiatives. Ms. LeGro began in our Editorial, Design, and Production department and shifted to acquiring languages and linguistics titles in 2005. Ms. LeGro was essential to the development of our Georgetown Languages imprint. She has always pushed the Press to new publishing frontiers by implementing digital products like companion websites for textbooks. She has chaired the Press’s Publishing Committee meeting for several years and served on the Association of American University Presses’ Digital Committee for three years and as the committee’s chair for two years.

Georgetown University Press supports the research and academic mission of Georgetown University and expands the university’s engagement with the local community and the world by publishing peer-reviewed content for a diverse, global readership. These publications, spanning theory and practice and written by an international group of authors from a broad range of intellectual perspectives, focus on the following subjects: international affairs; languages & linguistics; religion & ethics; and topics related to the Washington, DC region.