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Pearson Announces Strategic Advisory Board to Guide Global eLearning Efforts
Nov 26, 2007 (12:11 PM EST)

BOSTON, Nov. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Pearson, the global leader in educational publishing, has announced the creation of a higher education advisory council to provide strategic guidance for the company's eLearning efforts in the U.S. and abroad.

The Pearson Strategic Advisory Board, comprised of senior executives from a wide variety of higher education institutions both in the U.S. and globally, will provide guidance and feedback to the company as it continues to enhance its eLearning products and services.

"Pearson provides integrated education solutions for our customers around the world," said Jim Behnke, Executive Vice President for Higher Education, International and Professional at Pearson. "We're constantly working to enhance learning opportunities in the rapidly changing education marketplace. The Pearson advisory board is another step in our efforts to improve student performance and institutional productivity, and we look forward to benefiting from the perspectives of these thought leaders in post-secondary education."

The Pearson Strategic Advisory Board will provide counsel on emerging technologies in education and opportunities to expand Pearson eLearning influence in the developing world.

The Strategic Advisory Board will meet semi-annually. The first meeting was held in Boston on November 15. The next meeting will be held in Denver in 2008.

A complete list of board members and a link to a group photograph follows at the end of this release.

About Pearson

Educating 100 million people worldwide, Pearson is the global leader in educational publishing, providing research-based print and digital programs to help students of all ages learn at their own pace, in their own way. The company is home to such renowned publishing brands as Prentice Hall, Addison Wesley, Longman, Allyn & Bacon, Benjamin Cummings, Custom Publishing and others. Pearson recently acquired eCollege, the nation's leading provider of comprehensive eLearning technology and services to the education industry. Pearson's other primary businesses include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group.

Pearson Strategic Advisory Board Members Steve Acker Director, Learning Technologies Research and Innovation, TELR/CIO Associate Professor of Journalism and Communication The Ohio State University Lanny Arvan CIO and Associate Dean for eLearning, College of Business University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Cathie Atkins Professor and Associate Dean, College of Sciences Director of People, Information and Communication Technology Qualcomm Institute for Innovation and Educational Success San Diego State University Brian Douglas Chief Technology Officer and Director of Operations UMassOnline Myk Garn Executive Director, Kentucky Virtual University Darcy Hardy Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Executive Director, UT TeleCampus The University of Texas System Denise Kirkpatrick Pro Vice-Chancellor, Learning & Teaching The Open University Ed Klonoski Executive Director Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium Joanne Kossuth Associate Vice President for Development and Chief Information Officer Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering Michelle Lamberson Director, Office of Learning Technology University of British Columbia Frederic Litto President, Brazil Distance Learning Association Tom Maier Vice Chancellor for Information and Instructional Technology/CIO Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia Sue McKnight Director of Libraries and Knowledge Resources Nottingham Trent University Anne Moore Associate Vice President for Learning Technologies and Director of Information Technologies Virginia Tech Robert Olin Dean, College of Arts and Sciences The University of Alabama David Poldoian President and Chief Operating Officer, Online Learning Division Corinthian Colleges, Inc. William (Willie) H. Pritchard Faculty, Academic Coordinator for Distance Learning DeAnza College Richard M. Rhodes President El Paso Community College

Note: A group photograph of the Pearson Strategic Advisory Board is available at

CONTACT: Susan Aspey of Pearson, +1-724-222-0531, or +1-347-421-2473,

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