After more than thirty years of acquiring and editing academic titles for InterVarsity Press (IVP), Dan Reid has announced that he will be retiring on December 31, 2017.
“Dan Reid is one of the most respected, gifted, and longest-tenured people in the world of academic publishing,” Jeff Crosby, IVP’s publisher, said. “He has been a significant part of building IVP Academic’s stature and impact over the past three decades. His imprint on us as people and on our academic program will continue for years to come.”
Reid (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary), currently associate publisher for academic, joined IVP as a reference book editor in 1986 and was the developmental editor for IVP’s award-winning New and Old Testament dictionaries. He also wrote his own academic studies, including God Is a Warrior, cowritten with Tremper Longman III. For many years Reid was senior acquisitions editor for reference and academic books, and in January 2016 he became the IVP Academic editorial director. Jon Boyd, who has worked with Reid as the associate IVP Academic editorial director since 2016, will fill that position.
“Dan Reid is legitimately a living legend in the world of academic publishing, and his intellectual exploits here over the past four decades have got us where the press is today (a very good place),” Boyd said. “We’re going to miss him personally after his retirement, but I’m thankful we’ve got the rest of the year to squeeze as much professional wisdom out of him as we can. Building on this foundation, I’m excited to look toward the future of IVP Academic’s mission, one I’m convinced is crucial to the vitality of the university and the church alike.”
Boyd has his MA in Old Testament and Semitic languages from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and his PhD in history from Johns Hopkins University. He was hired as IVP’s digital communications manager in 2012. Prior to that he worked as the director of communications at North Park University. He has also served as a senior editor at Britannica.com, an online division of Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc., and as web producer and associate director of graduate and faculty ministries with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.
Cindy Bunch, associate publisher, director of editorial, said, “The editorial department has been delighted to have Jon Boyd join our ranks this past year. His expansive range of reading, study, and personal interests make him an ideal editorial director for our academic line. From the nuances of grammar to the conceptual work of developing books in disciplines ranging from theology to psychology to history and more, he engages it all with relish. I look forward to partnering with him in his new role.”
Amid their changing roles, Boyd and Reid have also hired a new academic editor: Anna Moseley Gissing. Boyd said, “Anna impressed us with the thoughtfulness of her approach to academic authors and readers and with the maturity of her scholarly insights when interacting with some high-octane material. We think she’s going to impress the authors and audiences she works with, too.”
Gissing most recently served as associate editor for IVP Books. Prior to coming to IVP she was the associate director of Women in the Academy and Professions (WAP), a division of InterVarsity’s Graduate and Faculty Ministries. She was also the editor of The Well, a website designed to support women in graduate and professional schools and on faculty. Gissing has graduate degrees in theological studies from Beeson Divinity School and in New Testament from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She has also served as senior writing instructor for Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Charlotte.
“Anna is one of those applicants who looks great on paper, and then you meet her, get to know her a little better—and you see she’s even more remarkable than you realized,” Boyd said. “I couldn’t be happier to have her on the IVP Academic team. It’s going to be a joy to share her skills, insights, and personal gifts with authors and the readers we serve together.”
Gissing joins the IVP Academic editorial team, which also includes David McNutt (PhD, Cambridge University), associate editor, who has been with IVP Academic for four years. His responsibilities include IVP’s Reformation Commentary on Scripture and a range of theological fields, including theology and the arts.