The Oxford American has a new editor, according to a news release by the magazine.
Roger D. Hodge, a former editor of Harper’s Magazine, will take over as editor of the prestigious Southern literary magazine, officials announced.
“The appointment of Roger Hodge as editor of The Oxford American will begin an exciting new era for the magazine,” Publisher Warwick Sabin said in the news release Monday.
The move comes in the wake of scandal after founder and former editor Marc Smirnoff was fired in July over sexual harassment allegations. Managing editor and art editor Carol Ann Fitzgerald was fired at the same time. Both have denied sexually harassing anyone.
Hodge will take the helm just as the University of Central Arkansas seeks to review and possibly change its relationship with the magazine. The university provides about $50,000 a year to the magazine for supplies and contributes office space in Old Main on campus.
The magazine also owes the university about $700,000. That money is supposed to be paid as revenue improves at OA, but the magazine has not earned profit enough to pay its debt, a UCA official said previously.
In the past, OA has struggled to remain financially solvent.
During the Board of Trustees meeting Friday, university President Tom Courtway said he planned to meet with Publisher Warwick Sabin again to discuss money and space UCA gives OA, increasing the number of UCA students interning at the magazine and creating a closer relationship between the magazine and the university.
Courtway said UCA wants more prominence in the magazine. He plans to present a plan to the trustees in the next 30 days, he said.
“In fairness to everyone, we need to wrap this matter up,” Courtway said.
Messages left Friday afternoon via phone or email for Sabin, Hodge and Oxford American Literary Project Board Chairman Rick Massey were not returned by 5 p.m.
According to his website, Hodge, a Texas native, was the editor of Harper’s Magazine 2006 through 2010. During that time, the magazine was a National Magazine Award finalist six times. Since then, he published “The Mendacity of Hope: Barack Obama and the Betrayal of American Liberalism.” Hodge is researching a book about the U.S.-Mexican border, according to his website.
Hodge lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., with his wife and their two sons, according to his website.
He will be at the Clinton School of Public Service to talk about “his vision for The Oxford American and what readers can expect from his leadership of the magazine” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, according to the OA news release.