McHenry, Ill., February 2, 1998 -- Follett Software Company today announced the appointment of Thomas J. Schenck as president of the 250-employee company of Follett Corporation, effective April 1, 1998. The announcement was made in conjunction with the recent announcement made by Follett Corporation to realign its companies under three groups, Higher Education, Elementary/High School and Library, representing the markets they serve. Follett Software Company will be aligned with the Elementary/1-Iigh School segment of the corporation.
Schenck succeeds Charles (Chuck) R. Follett, Follett Software Company's founder and president since its inception in 1985. Follett will be promoted to the position of vice president of Technology at the Follett Corporation. He will spearhead this new technology initiative tat will create and foster a new corporate-wide vision and strategy to ensure its approach to technological innovation is coordinated and strategic, with a particular emphasis on the digital delivery of intellectual property.
Schenck has more than 18 years experience in the school and library markets with particular emphasis in the data, technology and product development arenas. The past 9 years, Schenck has been with Follett Software Company, most recently in the role of executive director of Development and Technology, overseeing the business operations of Product Development, Data Services and Information Systems. Schenck was also responsible for the development of Follett's ground breaking retrospective data conversion tool Alliance Plus as well as all of the company's core library automation products for the last 7 years.
"Follett Software will continue its long history of partnership with educators -- in building products and services which instill the importance of lifelong learning within the minds of students," said Schenck. "I look forward to leading this company as we prepare libraries and schools to take advantage of opportunities the new millennium presents,"
During his tenure, Chuck Follett was instrumental in the founding of Follett Software Company in 1985 and grew the business to its leadership position in the industry. Under his guidance and leadership, the company led the marketplace through the release of innovative product offerings and an unwavering commitment to the library marketplace.
Follett was instrumental in bringing such innovative products to market as Follett's PHD+ handheld scanner for inventory control, attendance taking and checkin/checkout functions. Other important products brought to market by Follett include Alliance P1u5TM, a multi-purpose MARC record database that works as an automated retrospective conversion tool as well as an original cataloging tool.
"Establishing a technology initiative-charged with creating and fostering a corporate-wide vision and strategy for its approach to technological innovation-is critical to ensuring our continued success," said Follett. "I am proud of the success Follett Software Company has achieved, and am confident the company will continue to grow and serve the marketplace under the direction of its new leader.
Follett Software Company has a presence in more than 40,000 schools worldwide and is a developer and publisher of microcomputer library automation and curriculum-related software products and services. Its Circulation Plus software, with more than 28,000 installations, is the number one selling microcomputer library automation system in the K-12 marketplace. Located in McHenry, IL, Follett Software Company is a company of Follett Corporation.