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Ave Maria Press Welcomes New Editorial Director, Director of Finance and Operations

July 29, 2019

NOTRE DAME, Ind.—Ave Maria Press is pleased to announce the hiring of two executives for its core management team.

Daniel Marrs will become vice president and editorial director on August 19. Kyle Marscola is joining Ave as vice president and director of finance and operations on July 30.

Marrs is leaving his position as publisher of the Thomas Nelson Bible Group, a division of HarperCollins
Christian Publishing, in Nashville, Tennessee. "It's such a delight and privilege to join this publishing
team,” Marrs said. “I resonate deeply with Ave’s mission to help people grow in their knowledge and love
of God. I see my new role as an opportunity to contribute to Ave’s legacy of sharing the gospel of Jesus through the written word."

Marrs worked as a freelance editor for a variety of publishers between 2005 and 2015. He earned a doctorate in religious studies from Baylor University, where he also taught biblical theology, church history, philosophy, theological ethics, bioethics, and historical theology. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force. He has a bachelor’s degree in English from Shepherd University and a master’s degree in theology from the Talbot School of Theology.

Marrs replaces Robert Hamma, who retired in 2016. Publisher Thomas Grady has been filling the editorial director role since Hamma’s retirement.

Marscola, the director of finance at Gibson Insurance in South Bend, is replacing the retiring Mark Witbeck. "I am very honored, excited, and blessed to join Ave Maria Press and to help serve the mission put in place by Fr. Sorin in 1865," Marscola said. "Everyone can find ways to serve and do more in this world, but to have the opportunity to be part of an organization that lives and breathes this mission daily is amazing!"

Marscola has a bachelor’s degree from Texas A& M University at Commerce and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame. He worked in various positions in finance and accounting in the Indiana-Michigan area and in Texas, where he was raised.

Marrs and Marscola will join Karey Circosta, associate publisher and director of sales & marketing, and Kristen Hornyak Bonelli, vice president and creative director, on Ave’s executive management team.

"I’m thrilled to welcome Daniel and Kyle to Ave," Grady said. "Both are enormously talented and immensely likable, and they bring a clear commitment to and passion for the mission of the Press and the Congregation of Holy Cross."

 

Ave Maria Press was founded by Fr. Edward Sorin, C.S.C., in 1865 and is recognized as a leader in publishing Catholic high school religion textbooks, parish resources, and books on prayer and spirituality. Ave Maria Press is a ministry of the Congregation of Holy Cross, United States Province of Priests and Brothers.

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