M. Richard Robinson

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"Richard Robinson has been President of Scholastic since 1974 and Chief Executive Officer since 1975. Mr. Robinson was elected to the position of Chairman of the Board in 1982, succeeding his father, M.R. Robinson, who founded Scholastic in 1920 when he launched a single classroom magazine, The Western Pennsylvania Scholastic. Scholastic has had only two Chairmen in its 86-year history: M.R. Robinson and Richard Robinson...

"Mr. Robinson has received numerous honors for his work, including the 2003 British American Business Award for Innovation as well as the “Partners for Children” award from Save the Children. In 2001, he received the Association of Educational Publishers EdPress Hall of Fame Award, the educational publishing industry’s highest honor; the Cleveland E. Dodge Medal for Distinguished Service to Education by Teachers College Columbia University; and the Best Friend Award, from LA’s BEST After School Enrichment Program. In May 2000, he was honored by the UJA-Federation with their For the Love of Reading Award, and in November 2000, The Creative Coalition honored him with their Spotlight Award. Mr. Robinson was also honored for his efforts in improving literacy with the Robin Hood Foundation’s 1999 John F. Kennedy, Jr. Corporate Hero Award. In 1998, R.R. Bowker named Mr. Robinson Literary Market Place Publisher of the Year in recognition of his leadership in creating and marketing today’s top trade and professional books. Mr. Robinson was Chairman of the Association of American Publishers from 1996 to 1998, and President of the Publishers Lunch Club in 1982. He was recently appointed a Trustee of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Robinson is a magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard College. He also studied at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge University in England, and at Teachers College, Columbia University."[1]

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  1. Scholastic M. Richard Robinson, biosketch, accessed December 17, 2011