Environmental Books Publisher Island Press Names New President

David Miller takes over for founding president Charles Savitt.

Island Press, a Washington-based non-profit publisher focused on environmental issues, has named David Miller its new president.

Miller replaces president Charles Savitt, who steps down after over 30 years at the helm of the group he took over in 1984, giving it a new life and mission right before its original owners were ready to fold.

“As we enter our next chapter,” said Savitt in a statement, “David’s vision, strategy and wealth of knowledge in both traditional and digital publishing combined with the organization’s strong ties to thought leaders are exactly what Island Press needs.”

The titles included among the over 1,000 works published since 1984 range from highly specialized material on topics like urban stream management to biologist and researcher E. O. Wilson‘s autobiography.

Miller, who was svp and publisher before stepping into his new role, highlighted in a statement some of Island Press’ representative titles. “There is so much excitement here at Island Press,” he said. “With the groundbreaking science in Daniel Pauly’s Global Atlas of Marine Fisheries, we continue to experiment with new innovative digital book ideas. And with People Cities, the biography of Jan Gehl, we continue our longstanding relationship with a renowned architect of human scale cities.”