Susan Fuhrman Joins Pearson Board

Pearson plc, the international media and education company, today announces the appointment of Professor Susan Fuhrman, Dean of Penn Graduate School of Education at the University ofPennsylvania, as a non-executive director.

Professor Fuhrman has spent her entire career working in education, spanning school and university teaching, public policy and research.

After teaching history in public and private secondary schools in the US, Professor Fuhrman received a joint PhD from Columbia University in political science and education. She has taught at Teachers College, Columbia University and held a professorship at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, where she was affiliated with the Eagleton Institute of Politics. In 1995 she was appointed Dean of Penn GSE, one of the leading schools of education in the US.

Additionally, since 1985 as founder and director of the Consortium for Policy Research in Education, she has managed an extensive, five-university programme to improve elementary and secondary education through practical research.

She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, a member of the Council for Corporate and School Partnerships of the Coca-Cola Foundation, and former co-chair of the National Advisory Panel for the Third International Math and Science Study-Replication.

Dennis Stevenson, chairman of Pearson, said: ?Susan has a lifelong commitment to education and is among the leading educational experts in the US. With these credentials, and her record of success at some highly respected institutions, she will be a terrific addition to our board.?

Professor Fuhrman will stand for reappointment to the Pearson board at Pearson's next AGM on 29 April 2005.

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Charlotte Elston           Pearson         + 44 20 7010 2310