Richard Robinson Scholastic Biography – Richard Robinson Scholastic Wiki
Richard Robinson was the Chairman, President, and CEO of Scholastic Inc. He had been the president of Scholastic since 1974, Chief Executive Officer since 1975, and was elected to the position of Chairman of the Board in 1982. He presided over such bestsellers as J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” novels and Suzanne Collins’ “The Hunger Games” series along with a wide range of educational materials, reading clubs and book fairs.
Robinson spearheaded the global expansion of Scholastic into Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and throughout Asia, where the Company has operations mirroring the US model of trade publishing, book clubs, book fairs and curriculum materials publishing. Scholastic also exports to more than 150 countries in 65 languages.
During Robinson’s tenure, publishing records were shattered with the release of each book in the Harry Potter® series by J.K. Rowling, and Scholastic published the script book of the 8th Harry Potter story, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two in July 2016. Robinson also led the development of such popular series as Captain Underpants®, The Hunger Games, Clifford the Big Red Dog®, Goosebumps®, I SPY®, The Magic School Bus® and the groundbreaking, multi-platform The 39 Clues®, among many others.
Robinson has received numerous honors for his outstanding career, including the 2017 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the Literary Community from the National Book Foundation, Publishers Weekly’s Publishing Innovator of the Year in 2011, the Partners for Children Award and the Corporate Leadership Award from Save the Children, R.R. Bowker’s 1998 Literary Market Place Publisher of the Year, and the Cleveland E. Dodge Medal for Distinguished Service to Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. He served as Chairman of the Association of American Publishers from 1996 to 1998, was inducted into the Association of Educational Publishers Hall of Fame, received the British American Business Award for Innovation, and was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award and named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernest & Young. In 2013, he was named an Honorary Member of the Order of Australia for service to the promotion of children’s literature worldwide.
Robinson is a recipient of the UJA-Federation For the Love of Reading Award, The Creative Coalition Spotlight Award, the Robin Hood Foundation’s John F. Kennedy, Jr. Corporate Hero Award and the Best Friend Award from LA’s BEST After School Enrichment Program, as well as being named the National Association of Bilingual Educators’1995 Corporate Citizen of the Year — all in recognition of his efforts to improve literacy. In 2002, Reach Out and Read established The Richard Robinson Award in his honor to provide annual recognition to pediatric doctors and other healthcare professionals who exemplify the mission of ROR.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Richard 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, and began his career as a high school English teacher in Evanston, IL. He is an Honorary Trustee of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.
Richard Robinson Scholastic Age
Richard Robinson was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He died on June 5, 2021. He was 84.
Richard Robinson Scholastic Wife
Was Richard Robinson Scholastic married? Information about Richard Robinson’s wife was not immediately available.
Richard Robinson Scholastic Family
Richard Robinson was the son of Maurice R. Robinson, who founded Scholastic in 1920.
Richard Robinson Scholastic Death
Richard Robinson passed away unexpectedly on June 5, 2021, at the age of 84, Scholastic Corporation announced. The Board of Directors issued the following statement: “We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Dick Robinson. Dick was a true visionary in the world of children’s books and an unrelenting advocate for children’s literacy and education with a remarkable passion his entire life. The Company’s directors and employees, as well as the many educators, parents and students whose lives he touched, mourn his loss.”
Richard Robinson Scholastic Cause of Death
Richard Robinson’s cause of death was not immediately revealed. The publisher said he had been in excellent health.
Richard Robinson Scholastic Net Worth
Richard Robinson was the Chairman, President, and CEO of Scholastic Inc. Scholastic is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, a leading provider of print and digital instructional materials for pre-K to grade 12, and a producer of educational and entertaining children’s media. The company’s estimated net worth is around $1.2 billion, down from over $1.6 billion in 2016 but well above a low of under $800 million during last year’s pandemic.