MCHENRY, Ill., April 19, 2012 – Follett Software Company announced this week a series of key personnel moves designed to continue to strengthen its investment in the Aspen student information system (SIS), which it acquired 18 months ago as part of the purchase of X2 Development Corporation.
"We are very bullish on the future of Aspen, and these moves illustrate how we are committed to invest at the company's highest level to expand the product's organizational support, software development, and services and operations," said Simona Rollinson, president, Follett Software Company. "In addition to our popular K-12 solutions that customers have relied on us for more than 25 years, we are confident Aspen will be a significant new engine of growth."
The Aspen SIS, which has expanded Follett's broad range of technology and content delivery solutions, has shown consistent growth since Follett Software purchased it in October 2010. Aspen is now in 122 school districts, more than 1,500 schools and serves nearly 890,000 students, and in the past year alone, has debuted in the states of Illinois, Virginia, Michigan, Washington, and New Jersey.
Here is a closer look at the personnel announcements:
- Brad Lindaas, who joined Follett Software in 1996 and has been serving as Aspen's vice president of business operations, is the product's new vice president of sales and SIS markets. In his new role, Lindaas will lead and drive sales for Aspen, with projections calling for a significant customer base expansion. Additionally, Lindaas will continue to lead the Hingham, Mass.-based campus, where the Aspen employees are based.
- Rick Dwyer, founder of X2 Development, has been named entrepreneur-in-residence for Follett Software, where he will lead Aspen's newly formed Accelerated Solutions group, part of the Software Development team.
- Tim Rogers, current vice president of software development for Follett Software, also will now guide the Aspen Software Development team, which includes Accelerated Solutions. "Since joining us last fall, Tim has introduced some fresh ideas our development organization and has arrived at an exciting new vision," Rollinson said.
- Mike Gedzyk, current vice president of services and operations for Follett Software, also will now guide the Aspen Services & Operations team, and is poised to make two key new hires for the department.
"Everything we're doing here should be a clear message that Follett Software is putting its full power behind Aspen," said Rollinson, who added that additional personnel announcements are expected in the ensuring weeks.
Aspen increases school district efficiency giving educators more time to focus on student achievement as the powerful SIS includes a host of applications in one package. Those applications include student and staff records, demographics, scheduling, attendance, discipline, gradebook, special education, health information, personnel/professional development, parent and student portals, and community and learning pages (for districts, schools, classes, teachers and students), plus detailed state reporting requirements. The product's most recent release, Aspen 4.0, allows students and parents to report bullying incidents, as well as provides for anonymous reports of bullying.
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About Follett Software Company
Follett Software Company (www.FollettSoftware.com) is the integrated educational technology solution provider that more than half of America's school districts trust to support staff and engage students in today's digitally rich learning environment. Follett's digitally powered technologies help districts more efficiently and cost-effectively manage traditional and digital educational resources, provide digital learning environment tools focusing on student achievement and make confident decisions based on quality academic data. Powerful, integrated solutions enable Follett to support today's collaborative learning community and empower 21st century learning and discovery. Follett Software Company is a subsidiary of Follett Corporation, a $2.7 billion, privately held company that provides products, services and solutions to the educational marketplace. Follett Corporation was founded in 1873 and has its headquarters in River Grove, Ill.