Adventist Church Overhauls U.S. Publishing Operations
Highlights of Restructuring Plan
The restructuring plan approved on June 17 by the constituencies of Pacific Press Publishing Association (PPPA) and the Review and Herald Publishing Association (RHPA) call for the following:
- PPPA will become an institution of the North American Division and serve as the division’s base for its publishing program. This is accomplished by constituency-approved amendments to the governance documents that define a new division-based constituency and a re-composition of the PPPA board.
- PPPA will continue to function from Nampa, Idaho, until such time as the North American Division determines otherwise.
- RHPA will remain a General Conference institution.
- RHPA will move from Hagerstown, Maryland, to the General Conference office in Silver Spring, Maryland.
- The RHPA office at the General Conference will require minimal staffing, if any, since editors of General Conference publications are already employees of the General Conference.
- RHPA will function as the publisher for current General Conference publications and as the publisher for designated new products originating from the General Conference and intended for global use.
- RHPA will arrange for the printing, production and, where necessary, distribution of materials published by the General Conference. Normally this will be done through the North American Division publishing house, PPPA, as long as it operates a production facility that can perform the work at competitive costs.
- Printing/production and fulfillment services currently done by RHPA will be phased out.
- PPPA will accept responsibility for the printing/production and fulfillment services required by both the North American Division and the General Conference as a result of the phase-out of such services at Hagerstown, Maryland.
- Ownership and control of RHPA’s intellectual property will be retained by RHPA with provisions for use by PPPA.
- Current RHPA employees who are necessary for the continued publishing of products serving the North American Division may become employees of PPPA.
- Current RHPA employees whose services are no longer required as a result of the restructuring arrangement will receive termination settlements.
- The physical assets of RHPA (land, buildings, equipment, inventory) or proceeds from their sale or disposal will become assets of PPPA, subject to any existing liabilities or indebtedness.
Source: Restructuring plan drafted by the General Conference and North American Division and approved by the RHPA and PPPA constituencies on June 17.
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