Stephen C. Wilson has been promoted to the position of Vice President and Editorial Director of McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, of Jefferson.
Wilson joined the company as Assistant Editor in 1991, shortly after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill summa cum laude with a degree in English. He steadily took on more responsibility in the editorial department, being promoted to editor in 1993, senior editor in 1998, Executive Editor in 2004, and Editorial Director in 2008. A Greensboro native, Wilson lives in West Jefferson with his wife Sloane.
Under his acquisitions guidance (saying yes to around 450 book proposals a year and no to thousands more), the company has continued on a path of growth and even dominance in some fields. His personal interest has resulted in an acclaimed line of automotive books for McFarland. Wilson served two terms on the board of directors for the Society of Automotive Historians and is a member of the Antique Automobile Club of America. He is also the publisher of McFarland’s Journal of Information Ethics.
“McFarland was lucky enough to hire Steve pretty much straight out of college. We were confident of his intellectual abilities; his superb leadership qualities soon became apparent. Steve is gifted in all aspects related to the written word. He is masterful in dealings with authors and a thoughtful, witty teacher for the editors under his guidance,” said McFarland’s President and founder Robert Franklin.
Founded in Jefferson in 1979, employing 55 local individuals, and now one of the country’s larger scholarly and reference publishers with some 6,000 titles to date, McFarland currently publishes nearly 400 nonfiction titles a year, primarily for libraries, scholars and specialists worldwide.