Stephen Wrinn to lead University of Notre Dame Press

by Notre Dame News

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Stephen M. Wrinn, director of the University Press of Kentucky, has been named director of the University of Notre Dame Press. The appointment, effective Sept. 1, was announced by Thomas G. Burish, the Charles and Jill Fischer Provost.

“Steve brings national and international visibility, extensive experience in academic and for-profit publishing, and unquenchable energy to the director position,” Burish said. “It is easy to see why he was the unanimous choice of the search committee.

“I would also like to thank the interim director of the press, Harv Humphrey, for his dedication and leadership during a challenging interim period.”

At the University of Notre Dame Press, Wrinn will be responsible for formulating and implementing the Press’ mission and strategic plan and will oversee progress towards its goals. He will chair the Press advisory board, will be responsible for hiring editors and staff and will approve all contracts between the press and authors, partners and other publishers.

Since 2002, Wrinn has provided strategic leadership for the University Press of Kentucky staff, which handled all aspects of planning, acquisitions, production, marketing, and print and electronic distribution of approximately 60 new books and 20 paperback reprints annually. The press also has a backlist of more than 1,100 titles.

Wrinn previously was editorial vice president and executive editor of history and political science for Rowman & Littlefield Publishers and editorial director of Lexington Books. While there, he managed the purchase and assimilation of Lexington Books from Simon & Schuster into Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group.

Established in 1949, the University of Notre Dame Press publishes approximately 50 new books annually and is the largest Catholic university press in the world. Its current publishing program focuses primarily on the humanities and traditional social sciences with concentrations in religion, theology, philosophy, ethics, the history and philosophy of science, political science and theory, medieval and early modern studies, Irish and Irish American studies, Latin American studies, Latino culture, peace studies and international relations, literary criticism, and original short fiction and poetry. The Press also offers scholarly materials available in a full range of digital formats.