Organization: University of Virginia Press
Address: Box 400318 Charlottesville VA 22904
Born and lived: D.C area, Philadelphia, New York, Charlottesville
Early life: My father was a diplomat, so I traveled overseas a lot as a child
Professional career and activities: I came up in university presses through sales and marketing, first at Columbia, then Virginia, where I became involved with our electronic imprint, now called Rotunda, at its founding in 2001 and started managing the project in 2004.
Family: My wife, Robin Stafford, is an antiques dealer and we have a daughter and two sons, ages 17, 15, and 13. in my spare time: playing outside, building things, coaching and watching my kids’ sports
Favorite books: All the Kings Men, The Quiet American, The Moviegoer, Dog Soldiers, The Untouchable, among many others
Pet peeves: “This American Life”
Most memorable career achievement: Rotunda, with a whole lot of help
Goal I hope to achieve five years from now: I would like to integrate the content workflows of the books and digital side of the Press in a sustainable way.
How/where do I see the industry in five years: While the core values of university presses and what they add to the creation of new scholarship will remain, I think that our community will see a great deal of integration, adoption of shared services, and collaboration with other entities within the next five years. This change will take place at every stage of the publishing process, and even within the larger cycle of scholarly communication. Scale and the pace of change will drive this transformation. Not even the largest presses will enjoy the necessary scale to develop, define, and deliver the content, platforms, and tools by themselves, so all the players, including scholars, societies, presses, and libraries will need to work together even as the presses remain competitive with each other.
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.