Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Richard Robinson has been President of Scholastic Inc. since 1974, Chief Executive Officer since 1975 and was elected to the position of Chairman of the Board in 1982. Under Richard Robinson’s leadership, Scholastic has become the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, a leader in educational technology and services and a force in the digital world of children’s media and ecommerce. With annual revenue of nearly $2 billion, the Company sells one out of every two children’s books purchased in the U.S. through school-based Book Clubs and Book Fairs, the Company’s ereading app specifically designed for kids, Storia, retail outlets and online.
During Mr. Robinson’s tenure, publishing records were shattered with the release of each book in the Harry Potter® series by J.K. Rowling, and the script book of the 8th Harry Potter story, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two was the bestselling adult or children’s book of 2016. Mr. Robinson also led the development of such popular series as Captain Underpants®, The Hunger Games, Clifford the Big Red Dog®, Goosebumps®, I SPY®, The Magic School Bus® and the groundbreaking, multi-platform The 39 Clues®, among many others.
Founded in 1920 as a single classroom magazine, Scholastic now provides comprehensive literacy solutions for pre-K to grade 12 classrooms, serving schools and districts with 33 classroom magazines and a wide array of books as well as print and digital instructional materials, professional development services and family engagement initiatives. Scholastic operations in Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and throughout Asia mirror the US model of trade publishing, book clubs, book fairs and education publishing, and the Company exports to more than 150 countries in 65 languages.
Mr. Robinson has received numerous honors for his outstanding career, including the 2017 Literarian Award from the National Book Foundation, Publishers Weekly’s Publishing Innovator of the Year in 2011, the Cleveland E. Dodge Medal for Distinguished Service to Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, The Creative Coalition Spotlight Award, the Robin Hood Foundation’s John F. Kennedy, Jr. Corporate Hero Award and the National Association of Bilingual Educators’ Corporate Citizen of the Year. In 2002, Reach Out and Read established The Richard Robinson Award in his honor to recognize his ongoing commitment to improving literacy for all children.