Magazine article The Christian Century

Jon Pott, Vice President and Editor in Chief of Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Will Retire on June 30

Magazine article The Christian Century

Jon Pott, Vice President and Editor in Chief of Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Will Retire on June 30

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Jon Pott, vice president and editor in chief of Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, will retire on June 30.

Pott joined the publishing house as an editor in 1968. He has been editor in chief since 1982. During his tenure, Pott has overseen the growth of the company's yearly publishing output from approximately 70 titles a year to well over 100. He also played an active role in Eerdmans's acclaimed periodical The Reformed Journal, serving as editor in chief from 1982 until the journal's final issue in 1990.

"When I came to the company I intended to stay for one year," Pott said. "Forty-six years later, that is a deadline I am deeply grateful to have missed."

Pott has been especially instrumental in acquiring groundbreaking titles in ethics and bioethics, many of which arose from his decades-long participation in the Society of Christian Ethics. He also undertook special initiatives in Dead Sea Scrolls studies, religion and literature, and American religious history. Pott spearheaded publishing projects in conjunction with the Pew Charitable Trust, the Lilly Endowment, Emory University's Center for the Study of Law and Religion, and the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship.

"If--as I have been--one is in publishing first of all out of a love for language and ideas, Eerdmans is a wonderful place to be," Pott said.

Eerdmans will begin the search for a new editor in chief early this year.

In another change for the company, Anita Eerdmans became president and publisher in late December. She was previously vice president of marketing and of Eerdmans Books for Young Readers. She replaces her husband, William B. Eerdmans Jr., who had led the company since 1963, when he succeeded his father, William B. Eerdmans Sr., who founded the company in 1911.

"I am humbled and honored to be entrusted with a job that has been filled by only two others before me in our company's 100-plus year history," Anita Eerdmans said. …

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