This past year was one that defied our expectations, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the lives of people around the globe. I feel very lucky to report that in most respects, things worked out better than expected this year for University Press of Colorado | Utah State University Press | University of Wyoming Press.
We projected sales to be down considerably from our four-year average, yet sales exceeded our estimates by a considerable margin, ending on par within normal year-to-year fluctuations. On the other hand, we did expect to be back in the office together at some point during the year, yet we all continue to work in different locations for the safety of ourselves and our families. In spite of the staff's geographic dispersal, however, we also far exceeded expectations for our delivery on mission: we published, copublished, or distributed a total of 84 titles in 2020–2021, by far the most productive year in press history.
I remain deeply grateful for the hard work and flexibility of our amazing staff, authors, and trustees; the continued support of our member institutions; the one-time support received from numerous institutions and organizations that underwrote specific publications; the many generous donors that contributed to our endowment fund; and financial assistance from the Small Business Administration, received in the form of second Payroll Projection Plan Loan. Thank you all for your part in the contributions to knowledge reflected below.
—Darrin Pratt, Director
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