Tribute Recognizes Innovator and Leader in Education Publishing
New York, NY. - In recognition of a lifetime of achievement, the Association of Education Publishers will induct Peter Jovanovich into its Hall of Fame today in a ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.
Rising from his first job calling on college professors in Buffalo in the 1970s to lead Pearson Education's growth as it became the world's preeminent education business, Jovanovich is recognized globally as an innovator who looked to transform education and make it better at every level.
Following a course set out for him by his illustrious father, William Jovanovich, himself an icon in the publishing industry, Jovanovich's 32-year career is characterized by an insatiable intellectual curiosity and a love of books and learning.
"Books are Peter's passion. He loves everything about them - the feel of them, the look of them, and what is inside them," said Marjorie Scardino, Chief Executive of Pearson. She noted, "In the seven years that Peter was with us - inspired by his experience and knowledge - we quadrupled the size of our education business."
Colleagues echo Scardino's comments, attesting to Jovanovich's keen ability to balance the business aspect of publishing alongside his fervor and commitment to producing the very best learning materials in the world.
Patricia Schroeder, President of the Association of American Publishers, said, "As Chairman of our AAP Board, there was never a question that Peter lived and breathed publishing. Publishing just flowed through his veins." She added, "Peter knows the industry backwards and forwards, but I always felt secretly wanted to be a teacher. He really loves the teacher-student relationship."
Charlene Gaynor, CEO of the Association of Educational Publishers, said, "There are a very few people who have had as significant an influence on education in the past quarter century as Peter Jovanovich. We have all benefited immensely from his great intellect, vision, passion and compassion. I have no doubt that we will see more of Peter's wisdom as he pursues new challenges - both inside and outside the world of education."
Jovanovich is currently Chairman of the Alfred Harcourt Foundation which awards scholarships to deserving students.
About Peter Jovanovich
After graduating from Princeton, Peter Jovanovich started his career in publishing as a college sales representative with Macmillan Publishing. In 1980, he joined Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc., and held a series of positions including President of HBJ's Trade Division, Managing Director of HBJ, Ltd. (London), and President of Academic Press. In 1985, he was named Executive Vice President of the University and Professional Group, a position he held through 1989. The following year, he was named President and CEO of HBJ, a position his father held from 1954 to 1989.
Subsequently, Jovanovich was appointed CEO of Macmillan/McGraw-Hill School Publishing, and in 1995, he became President of McGraw-Hill's Educational and Professional Group, overseeing school, college, professional and international publishing.
In August 1997, Jovanovich assumed the position of Chairman and CEO of Addison Wesley Longman (AWL), a worldwide educational publishing division of Pearson plc. After Pearson purchased Simon & Schuster's educational and professional businesses in December 1998, he directed the successful integration of what is now the world's leading education company. He also served as Chairman of the Board of the Association of American Publishers during this period.
In 2004, Jovanovich underwent a double lung transplant, and in 2005 stepped down from his position as CEO of Pearson Education and as a member of the Pearson Board of Directors.
Jovanovich and his wife, Robin, live in Rye, New York. They have two sons, Nicholas and William.
About Pearson Education
Educating 100 million people worldwide, Pearson Education (www.pearsoned.com)is the global leader in educational publishing, providing scientifically 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 Pearson Prentice Hall, Pearson Allyn & Bacon, Pearson Longman, Pearson Scott Foresman, Pearson Educational Measurement, Pearson Assessments, Pearson Learning Group, Pearson Digital Learning, and many others. Pearson Education is part of Pearson (NYSE: PSO), the international media company. In addition to Pearson Education, Pearson's primary operations include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group.