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Join the MS in Publishing program as they welcome Susan Katz, retired president and publisher of HarperCollins Children’s Books and this year’s David J. Pecker Distinguished Visiting Professor of Publishing, on October 29 for the David Pecker Lecture Series.

The MS in Publishing program is pleased to welcome Susan Katz, retired president and publisher of HarperCollins Children’s Books, as the David J. Pecker Distinguished Visiting Professor of Publishing for the 2015–2016 academic year. On Thursday, October 29, Katz will deliver the David Pecker Lecture Series on the 18th floor of 163 William Street, where she will discuss the ins and outs of the industry, innovations in publishing, and more.

Susan Katz was president and publisher of HarperCollins Children’s Books for 28 years before retiring in summer 2015. During her career there, the division earned numerous awards including a combined 65 Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott King awards and honors, reports Publishers Weekly. Katz worked with numerous best-stelling authors and illustrators such as Neil Gaiman, Kevin Henkes, Walter Dean Myers, Shel Silverstein, and Maurice Sendak. She helped to launch franchises such as Divergent, I Am Number Four, The Selection, Vampire Diaries, and Pretty Little Liars.

The David J. Pecker Distinguished Professorship, which enables Pace to recruit and invite publishing leaders to teach and lecture within the MS in Publishing program, allows Pace publishing students to learn from the most successful, innovative, and influential people in the publishing world; deepens the connection between students and the industry; exposes students to the latest insights, innovations, and trends in the business; enhances the program’s already-glowing reputation, and allows it to compete both locally and nationally.