She Snoops for Scoops: The Personal Side of the EdNET Community

She Snoops for Scoops: The Personal Side of the EdNET Community

Hey everybody, happy Friday. Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day. "Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around." - Leo Buscaglia. I like that thought a lot! You are likely already spreading kindness, but think today about the smallest of ways you might make a difference in someone else's life. sure to read my scoops!

New roles for colleagues and friends....

Our friend Bridget Foster has been appointed Senior Vice President and Managing Director of SIIA's Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN). Bridget began her career as a high school science and math teacher and brings seventeen years of industry experience to SIIA.

Bridget's appointment comes after completion of Chris Lohse's leadership in developing a new strategic vision for SIIA. Chris developed a forward-thinking plan that would provide ETIN members with enhanced value during a time of change within the ed tech industry.

Bridget joins ETIN from a successful consulting practice, where she helped companies develop and implement business, product, and marketing strategies. Previously, she has held key leadership positions at various education technology companies, including Digital Promise; PolyVision, a Steelcase company; and SchoolNet. Throughout her experience in the education industry, Bridget has been instrumental to developing global alliances, leading print to digital transformation, and managing relationships with state and federal agencies. She is best known for her work as the Executive Director of the California Learning Resource Network (CLRN), a service of the California Department of Education, and the development of their software review process in collaboration with the software industry.

Please join me in congratulating Bridget on her new role with SIIA!

Follett Corporation President and CEO Ray A. Griffith has announced the appointment of George F. Coe to Chief Operating Officer for Follett Corporation and Baker & Taylor, effective March 31st.

In this expanded role, George will develop and lead the execution of Follett's enterprise strategies and direct the company's businesses, initiatives, and resources in support of long-term growth. Reporting to Ray Griffith, George will continue oversight of Baker & Taylor and Follett School Solutions, the company's PreK-12 business. He joined Follett in April of 2016 as part of the company's acquisition of Baker & Taylor, where he served as Baker & Taylor's President and Chief Executive Officer.

Before joining Baker & Taylor in 2000 as President of the Library & Education division, George served as Vice President and General Manager of Brodart Books, Library Automation, and K-12 software management divisions. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Lycoming College and his Master of Science degree from Bucknell University.

Congratulations to George on his new role on the terrific Follett team!

And John (Jack) J. Lynch, Jr. has been appointed president, chief executive officer, and a member of the Board of Directors of global learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH). L. Gordon Crovitz, a member of the HMH Board of Directors, will continue to serve as Interim CEO until Jack joins.

Most recently Jack was the CEO of Renaissance Learning, a leader in K-12 learning analytics, owned by Hellman & Friedman and Google Capital. In his time at Renaissance Learning, he led the company through a transformation that resulted in a period of innovation and rapid growth.
With over 25 years of management experience in the software and information industry, Jack is highly respected in the field of education technology. He has been active in the K-12 education industry since 1999 and was the founding CEO of, where he created an education network serving 40,000 schools. He was later president and CEO of the Pearson Technology Group. Prior to joining Renaissance Learning, he was a member of the executive board of Wolters Kluwer. 

Jack holds a bachelor of arts from Boston University. His leadership was recently recognized with the award of the 2016 EY Entrepreneur of the Year.

Join me in congratulating Jack on his new position with the amazing HMH team!

And sad news for one of our friends....

I am saddened to share that our friend Deb deVries, Co-founder and President, Girls Thinking Global, lost her father last weekend. He passed away peacefully on February 11th. I loved these lines from his obituary: "Dirk always considered himself the luckiest of men—lucky in love, lucky in work, lucky in friends, and lucky in his children. His family feels the same way about him."

He was a sweet and funny man. I know you join me in letting Deb know she and her family are in our thoughts and prayers. Services were held this week, and for those interested, memorial donations in remembrance of Dirk deVries may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, 322 2nd Street, Excelsior, MN 55331.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone, and enjoy time with friends, family, and those you love. And be kind! Till next week....Vicki, the Snoop

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