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Grady Retires after 15 Years as Publisher, CEO at Ave Maria Press

Posted By: Stephanie A Sibal ACP Member News ,

NOTRE DAME, Ind.—Tom Grady retired as chief executive officer and publisher of Ave Maria Press on September 11, 2020. 

Ave staff, the Grady family, and members of the Congregation of Holy Cross, United States Province of Priests and Brothers, marked the vent on September 10 with a Zoom presentation and a socially distanced picnic on the grounds of the Sacred Heart Parish Center on the University of Notre Dame campus.

Rev. William M. Lies, C.S.C., provincial superior of the U.S. Province, and Rev. KevinJ. Sandberg, C.S.C.—president and member,
respectively, of Ave’s Board of Directors—presented Grady with a bronze plaque of St. Joseph, a replica of one in the new Corby Hall
at Notre Dame. Lies said that like St. Joseph, Grady has accompanied Our Lady—Ave Maria Press.

“I was overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and affection from my colleagues at Ave Maria,” Grady said. “I can’t thank them, the Ave Maria Press Board of Directors, and the Congregation of Holy Cross enough for making the last fifteen years the most rewarding professional experience of my life. I wish the organization all the best as it moves forward under the leadership of my dear friend Karey Circosta.”

Grady joined Ave in 2005. Prior to that, he ran his own literary agency and served as publisher, editorial director, and editor at  HarperSanFrancisco (now HarperOne) from 1986 to 1997. He was also an editor at both Winston-Seabury Press and Meadowbrook Press. In addition to his duties as publisher and CEO at Ave, Grady also took on the role of editorial director for several years. During that time, the publishing team increased the number of titles released from thirty to forty annually.

Grady was honored earlier this year with the Association of Catholic Publishers 2020 Hall of Fame Award for his contributions to Catholic publishing. “We are so blessed to have worked with Tom,” said Karey Circosta, who succeeds Grady as publisher and CEO. “Tom is very humble and always credits his team for the success at Ave. However, because of his outstanding leadership and vision, Ave has grown to be a leading Catholic publishing house. He is a compassionate and insightful leader who has made everyone at Ave better for working with him. He will be greatly missed.”