President and CEO
2015: Visionary Award
- Creating the Learning Environment Students Demand and Deserve
- Prioritizing Students and Educators Over Short-term Profitability
2015 Visionary Award Presentation
A 27-year veteran of Discovery Communications, Bill Goodwyn is President and CEO of Discovery Education. As the leading provider of digital textbooks, curriculum-based digital content, and professional development, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning worldwide. Serving 3 million educators and over 30 million students, Discovery Education¹s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, over 40 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries.
Under Mr. Goodwyn's leadership, Discovery Education pioneered the development and implementation of digital textbooks. Designed to replace traditional, hardcopy textbooks as the primary resource for classroom instruction, Discovery Education's engaging digital textbooks, or Techbooks, are among the first to be adopted in multiple U.S. states. In addition, Goodwyn launched the company¹s efforts to forge strategic alliances with Fortune 500 companies, foundations, and associations supporting public education initiatives in the fields of STEM, sustainability, health, financial literacy and more.
Acknowledging his passion and commitment to excellence and innovation in education, EdTech Digest recognized Mr. Goodwyn with their prestigious Leadership Award. Under his stewardship, Discovery Education has been recognized with a number of industry honors, including awards from the Association of Educational Publishers, Software & Information Industry Association, ComputED Learning Lab, Ed Tech Digest, Learning Magazine, and Tech & Learning Magazine. Discovery Education has also been named a finalist for the Edison Award, US Chamber of Commerce Foundation Citizenship Award for Best Corporate Standard and has been named by Fast Company as one of the 10 Most Innovative Companies in Education.
Previously, Mr. Goodwyn oversaw all content distribution strategy, sales and marketing in North America for Discovery's digital content and portfolio of 13 US networks, including Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Oprah Winfrey Network and Science Channel. Mr. Goodwyn was subsequently promoted to President of Global Distribution where he was responsible for content distribution for Discovery's more than 100 networks in over 180 countries and territories around the world.
Mr. Goodwyn is currently a trustee for the Committee for Economic Development (CED) and the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP). Additionally, he serves on the Board for the Central Piedmont Community College Foundation, Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM) Education Foundation, T Howard Foundation (diversity in media) and the UNC School of Media and Journalism Board of Advisors.
In recognition of his career achievements, Mr. Goodwyn was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame in 2013, was named one of the Cable Center's Cable TV Pioneers, and has been awarded the National Cable & Telecommunications Association's Vanguard Award, the highest honor for Young Leadership.