RIVER GROVE IL, Nov. 17, 2011 – Follett Corporation named Tom Schenck to the position of President and Chief Operating Officer of the recently formed Follett School and Library Group (FSLG), effective earlier this year.
Reporting to Follett Corporation President and CEO Chuck Follett, Schenck is responsible for a group of businesses serving over 60,000 primary and secondary education customers in the domestic and international markets. The businesses include Follett Educational Services, Follett Library Resources, BWI, Follett Software Company and Follett International.
"As schools navigate the digital transformation taking place across education, our FSLG businesses are providing faster, smarter and more efficient solutions to help teachers, librarians and administrators meet their education goals," says Chuck Follett. "Tom is the right person to ensure we are leveraging our substantial K-12 capabilities to help schools more effectively engage and teach students, assess their performance and remediate learning issues earlier in the learning cycle."
Prior to Schenck's promotion, he was president of Follett Technology Solutions and International Group, which is now part FSLG. Schenck began his career in 1989 as the Senior R&D leader for CD-ROM Development at Follett Software Company. In 1995 he was promoted to Executive Director of Development and held that position until 1998 when he was promoted to President of Follett Software Company. During his tenure as President of Follett Software Company, he led the development and introduction of the award winning and market leading Destiny library and school asset management product line. Tom was also responsible for a number of school and library business acquisitions, including X2 Development Corporation and its popular Student Information System solution, Aspen.
Prior to his 22-year career with Follett, Schenck co-founded Library Systems and Services, Inc., a company that specialized in developing public library automation software. Beginning in 1985, Schenck held a number of software development roles at The Library Corporation, where he was named Director of Research and Development in 1987.
Schenck graduated from the Computer Learning Center in 1979 and has completed numerous advanced computer science and business management classes at American University, George Mason University, and the University of Maryland. He attended the Executive Development Program at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, where he is recognized as a Kellogg Executive Scholar in Leadership and Management.
About Follett School and Library Group
Follett is the largest provider of educational materials and technology solutions to PreK-12 libraries, classrooms, learning centers and school districts in the United States, and a major supplier to educational institutions worldwide. Follett distributes books, reference materials, digital resources, eBooks and audiovisual materials, as well as pre-owned textbooks. Follett also is one of the leading providers of integrated educational technology for the management of physical and digital assets, the tracking, storing and analyzing of academic data, and digital learning environment tools for the classroom focusing on student achievement.
Follett Corporation is a $2.7 billion, privately held company that provides products, services and solutions to the educational marketplace. Follett is the nation's largest provider of library materials and library technology to K-12 schools, the leading operator of college bookstores and a major distributor of textbooks to institutions at all levels of education. Follett Corporation was founded in 1873, and is headquartered in River Grove, Illinois.