University Press of Kentucky
Contact Information
Nonprofit University Press of Kentucky
Phone (859) 257-7919
Contact Name Tasha Huber
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1947
Former Names
University of Kentucky Press
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement The University Press of Kentucky has a dual mission—the publication of academic books of high scholarly merit in a variety of fields and the publication of significant books about the history and culture of Kentucky, the Ohio Valley region, the Upper South, and Appalachia. The Press is the statewide nonprofit scholarly publisher for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, operating under the University of Kentucky Libraries and serving all Kentucky state-sponsored institutions of higher learning as well as five private colleges and Kentucky's two major historical societies.
Background Statement The University Press of Kentucky (UPK) is the scholarly publisher for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and was organized in 1969 as successor to the University of Kentucky Press. The university had sponsored scholarly publication since 1943. In 1949 the Press was established as a separate academic agency under the university president, and the following year Bruce F. Denbo, then of Louisiana State University Press, was appointed as the first full-time professional director. Denbo served as director of UPK until his retirement in 1978, building a small but distinguished list of scholarly books with emphasis on American history and literary criticism.

Offices for the administrative, editorial, production, and marketing departments are found at the University of Kentucky, which is responsible for the overhead cost of the publishing operation. Denbo was succeeded as director by Kenneth H. Cherry, who came to UPK from the University of Tennessee Press. During Cherry’s tenure, the size of the press more than quadrupled. Upon Cherry’s retirement in 2001, Stephen M. Wrinn, formerly of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, became director in 2002. In 2012, the Press began a reporting relationship to the UK Libraries and is proud to have made 1,128 of its titles available to the wider University of Kentucky community via the campus institutional repository, UKnowledge. In 2016, Leila W. Salisbury, who had come to the Press full-time in 1994 and later served as director at the University Press of Mississippi, rejoined UPK as director.

Since the 1969 reorganization, the Press has represented a consortium that now includes all of Kentucky's state universities, five of its private colleges, and two historical societies. Each constituent institution is represented on a statewide editorial board, which supervises the UPK imprint. The Press serves:
Impact Statement
From its offices on the UK campus, the Press’s full-time staff of 18 publishes 50-55 titles per year in print and electronic formats. The Press has over 1865 titles in print with annual sales of approximately $1.85 million.
UPK's editorial program focuses on the humanities and the social sciences. Its publications in film and military studies have earned the Press a national reputation in these fields, with reviews in such media as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and NPR. Notable awards for UPK titles include: thirteen Frederick Jackson Turner Awards (history); four Weatherford Awards (Appalachian studies); three Lillian Smith Book Awards (African American studies); and the Lannan Literary Award.
In 2018, the Press entered into a partnership with the Brecourt Academic to create a new imprint, Andarta Books, which will examine a broad range of topics in global conflict studies, providing readers and scholars with new perspectives from leading historians. The Press also created Fireside Industries, an imprint of UPK and the Hindman Settlement School, which seeks to provide stability to the Appalachian literary tradition by publishing new works, as well as reissues of classics, that contribute importantly to the region.The Press also regularly exhibits titles and works to cultivate authors at the annual meetings of the Appalachian Studies Association, the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, the Southern Historical Association, the Society for Military History, the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, and others.
Geographic Areas Served
UPK books are available through all major retail and wholesale channels, libraries, and online platforms, both domestic and international. Since the formation of the consortium, the press has meaningfully served readers, students, and scholars in Kentucky and Appalachia with publications of special regional interest.
Board Chair
Board Chair Dr. James Holsinger
Company Affiliation University of Kentucky
Board Members
David AndersonUniversity of LouisvilleVoting
Srimati BasuUniversity of KentuckyVoting
Chad BerryBerea CollegeVoting
David BlackwellUniversity of KentuckyExofficio
Jay BlantonUniversity of KentuckyExofficio
Duane BolinMurray State UniversityVoting
Susan BrownTransylvania UniversityVoting
Stan CampbellCentre CollegeVoting
Carolyn DupontEastern Kentucky UniversityVoting
John ErnstMorehead State UniversityVoting
Robert FarleyUniversity of KentuckyVoting
Erin GilliamKentucky State UniversityVoting
David HawpeUniversity of Kentucky Board of TrusteesVoting
Dr. James HolsingerUniversity of KentuckyVoting
Robert KingsolverBellarmine UniversityVoting
James KlotterGeorgetown UniversityVoting
David LeeWestern Kentucky UniversityVoting
Patrick LewisKentucky Historical SocietyVoting
Kathryn NewfontUniversity of KentuckyVoting
Christopher PoolUniversity of KentuckyVoting
Melynda PriceUniversity of KentuckyVoting
James PrichardThe Filson Historical SocietyVoting
Karl RaitzUniversity of KentuckyVoting
F. Douglas ScutchfieldUniversity of KentuckyVoting
Akiko TakenakaUniversity of KentuckyVoting
Andrea WatkinsNorthern Kentucky UniversityVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 21
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 Indian
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 18
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 58%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 0%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Leila Salisbury
Term Start Aug 2016
Full Time Staff 17
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 0
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 94%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 16
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 12
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
The University Press of Kentucky offers a number of internship opportunities each year, providing a complete overview of the publishing industry. This includes experience in the acquiring, editorial, and marketing departments. These positions allow students who are interested in a career in publishing to learn about the basics of book publishing, receive on-the-job experience, and polish communication skills. UPK seeks energetic, motivated, detail-oriented, creative students who demonstrate the skills needed to work in the industry.
UPK currently offers three different types of internships year-round:
  • Acquisitions
  • Editorial
  • Marketing
All internships are unpaid. Interns are required to receive academic credit for their time.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has a Strategic Plan?
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2019
Projected Revenue $2,572,000.00
Projected Expenses $2,852,434.00
Detailed Financials
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Revenue$2,800,133$2,605,539$2,610,615
Total Expenses$2,675,713$2,586,829$2,545,517
Revenue Less Expenses$124,420$18,710$65,098
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$682,583$672,537$660,333
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$8,354$8,090$7,841
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$333,885$334,316$327,443
Administration Expense$1,355,748$95,131$1,153,940
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates$989,080$1,006,757$1,064,134
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.051.011.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses12%13%13%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets----$367,899
Current Assets------
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets------
Form 990s
2017 UKRF 990 2017
2016 UKRF 990 2016
2015 UKRF 990 2015
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
CEO Comments For University of Kentucky audited reports see:
Foundation Staff Comments The University Press is part of the University of Kentucky and as such does not file separate tax returns. A link to the University of Kentucky's audits is above. 990s on this portrait are for the University of Kentucky Research Foundation. However, the detailed financial information on this portrait applies to the University Press only and was provided by the University Press.  
Primary Phone 859 257-7919
CEO/Executive Director Leila Salisbury
Board Chair Dr. James Holsinger
Board Chair Company Affiliation University of Kentucky