Seetha Srinivasan is director emerita of the University Press of Mississippi. She joined the press in 1979 as its first acquiring editor and advanced to become director in 1998, from which position she retired in 2008. Srinivasan played a major role in putting the press on a firm footing with a well-recognized publishing program.
Throughout her publishing career, Srinivasan served the Association of American University Presses in a range of leadership positions and was its president in 2003-2004. In 2002 she received the association’s Constituency Award for her “outstanding service to the university press community.” On the occasion of her retirement, the Mississippi Legislature passed a concurrent resolution commending her career and her contributions to the state.
Srinivasan, who has lived in Jackson since 1969, has always been and continues to be engaged in a variety of activities in the community. She has headed civic and arts organizations and writes occasional columns for Jackson’s Clarion-Ledger. She served as chair of the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi (2011) and serves on the boards of St. Andrew’s School and Mississippi Today. In 1998 Millsaps College presented her with the Jim Livesay Service Award. Millsaps College awarded Srinivasan an honorary doctorate in humane letters in 2013. That same year Srinivasan was recognized by the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi as one of the state’s ten Women of Vision.
Seetha Srinivasan and her husband Asoka Srinivasan have two sons, Arjun and Gautam, who live with their families in Atlanta and Washington, DC, respectively.