As of March 15, 2013 Caroline Sutton will step down as President of OASPA and Paul Peters will assume leadership for the Association.
Paul has been working for the Hindawi Publishing Corporation since 2004, and currently serves as the company’s Chief Strategy Officer. He was one of the original founders of OASPA and has been the Chair of OASPA’s annual conference (COASP) for the past four years. He also serves on the Board of Directors of CrossRef as well as the STM Association.
“I am very excited at the opportunity to lead OASPA,” said Paul. “Particularly since the organization has come to play an increasingly important role within the scholarly publishing ecosystem. I am incredibly grateful to Caroline for all of her hard work over the past five years in leading OASPA from the very first discussions between a small group of open access publishers, and for helping to turn it into one of the most important trade associations within the industry, currently representing more than 50 full voting members.”
Caroline Sutton, Publisher & Co-Founder of Co-Action Publishing, served as President of the OASPA Board from the official inception of the organization in 2008 and contributed to the original draft of the by-laws together with David Solomon.
On reaching the end of her term as OASPA President, Caroline said, “I am proud to have had the privilege to serve OASPA over the last five years. I feel the organization has made some major contributions towards establishing Open Access publishing as an accepted and viable element within scholarly communications and has helped to establish standards as both new and familiar organizations have ventured into this space. I look forward to continuing to work on behalf of OASPA in the future, now with a focus on policy issues. Paul is an excellent choice as a successor and I will be supporting his efforts in any way I can.”
Caroline’s work on behalf of the organization will continue as she moves into a regular Board Member seat and leads OASPA’s Policy Committee.