RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif., Feb. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Used Textbook Association (UTA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Stacey L. Douglas has been selected to assume the position of Executive Director. He will succeed Eunice Clark on March 1, 2011.
"Eunice's dedication to the Used Textbook Association and passion to help stores lower textbook costs for students will be missed," said Rachel Dix, president of the Used Textbook Association and director of North Carolina Wesleyan College Bookstore. "We feel very fortunate that Stacey is joining us to continue the work Eunice started. He will provide a new perspective for the organization and his fresh energy will help move the association forward."
Douglas initially will focus on four main goals for the association:
- Establishing a strategic plan for the UTA
- Recruiting new board members and committee volunteers
- Building membership
- Developing additional member benefits
In the process, Douglas will work with the UTA board and association members to explore important issues surrounding used textbooks, textbook rentals and students' need for affordable textbooks.
"College stores are at a critical juncture in their service to students and their campuses, particularly with the ever-evolving challenges in textbooks and course materials," Douglas said. "I've seen those challenges firsthand, and am eager to help our members find ways to more effectively meet them."
Douglas brings to the UTA more than 20 years of bookstore knowledge and experience, and more than a decade of volunteer service to industry associations. Prior to joining UTA, he was the bookstore manager at the CSU-Pueblo (CO) Bookstore and before that the bookstore director at the Trinity Bookstore in Deerfield, IL.
Most recently, Douglas has served on the Board of the National Association of College Stores (NACS) as Trustee for the Plains, as chair of the NACS Business Stewardship Council, and as a member of the NACS Education Committee. He is a current member of the NACS CAMEX 2012 Committee.
"Stacey brings a wealth of knowledge, skills and experience to the UTA," said Eunice Clark. "His involvement at the national, state and regional levels means our association will be well positioned and represented to develop innovative strategies and resources that will ensure our members' success."
About the Used Textbook Association:
The Used Textbook Association (UTA) was founded in 2006 by a group of textbook wholesalers who saw a need to take action regarding challenges to the industry. Now overseen by its member bookstores, the organization continues to actively lead the advocacy campaign for affordable textbooks. The mission of the UTA is to advocate the role and value of used textbooks in the marketplace and work toward a marketplace solution to the problem of textbook affordability while still providing students with high-quality educational materials. For more information, please visit www.usedtextbookassociation.org.
SOURCE Used Textbook Association