Tony Crouch, UC Press Director of Design and Production, has won the 2009 Constituency Award from the American Association of University Presses (AAUP). The annual award recognizes university press employees who have made outstanding contributions to the AAUP and to scholarly publishing at large. Winners are selected by the association’s Board of Directors, from nominations submitted by members of the university press community. “Crouch’s nomination was supported by many…who have benefited from the wisdom and insight he has shared over the years,” the AAUP press release said.
The prize is a fitting honor for Tony, who has directed design and production at UC Press for 21 years and will retire this summer. An early advocate of environmentally sound printing, he helped create UC Press’s corporate sustainability policy in 1995, and this year, thanks in part to his work, UC Press received Book Business Magazine’s Sustain Print Award for Longtime Leadership. “We strive to be green from cover to cover,” he has said. Tony also received the Distinguished Service Award from BookBuilders West in 2002, and in 2005, he became the first university press inductee to the PrintMedia Hall of Fame.
Tony has played an active and integral role in the AAUP for many years. As noted in the press release, he has spoken at association meetings, worked with the association as a member of its Program Committee, its Eco Task Force and its Eco Subdivision of the Design and Production Committee, and as a Whiting Week-in-Residence host. It is for this service, and for his lasting achievements in university publishing, that the AAUP honored him with the Constituency Award.