Experienced Professionals to Lead Executive, Finance and Education Functions
Knoxville, TN (January 31, 2014) – EdisonLearning, the leading international educational services provider, today announced a new executive team to be led by Thom Jackson, as the company’s President and Chief Executive Officer.
Jackson, who has been serving in the role of Chief Operating and Legal Officer, takes over the reins of the company which was one of the pioneers of charter schools in the United States. Today, EdisonLearning assists schools achieve lasting gains in performance, and is currently partnering with more than 50 schools and 11 school districts in 14 states, as well as in the United Kingdom. Through these partnerships, EdisonLearning is helping to educate nearly 100,000 students.
Prior to joining the company as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Jackson held various key leadership positions at international and Fortune 100 companies, such as: the GAB Robins Group of Companies, Prudential, and MetLife. He earned his undergraduate degree from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana; and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Cincinnati College of Law.
In his new role, Jackson has named Maureen Ryan to serve as the company’s Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Ryan has been with EdisonLearning for nearly 15 years, with increasing responsibility in both the operational and financial divisions of the company. She has been serving as the company’s Senior Vice President for Budget and Operations. Ms. Ryan earned her undergraduate degree from California State University-Northridge, and her Master of Public Administration from Columbia University.
In addition, Laura Hayes, a longtime teacher and education administrator with over 30 years of experience, will serve as the company’s Chief Academic Officer. Ms. Hayes has over 11 years of service with EdisonLearning, most recently as a Senior Director of Achievement in the West region. She earned her undergraduate degree from Bishop College in Dallas, and her Master of Science from North Texas State University.
“Educational and operational excellence is critical to meeting the needs of our partners and helping students succeed,” Jackson said. “The experience and expertise of our new leadership team will be tremendously helpful in enhancing our education offerings and services throughout our partnership network, and in sharing best practices throughout our organization.”
EdisonLearning’s tradition of innovation and education reform heritage brings a unique perspective to its’ extensive portfolio of proven K-12 solutions, including: school improvement and management of charter and district schools, Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academies focused on dropout prevention and recovery, state-wide virtual high schools, and eCourses - a full online curriculum.
“The passion of everyone in our organization to deliver the highest quality level of service to our partners is stronger than ever, and we are all committed to keeping EdisonLearning as a premier educational services provider,” Jackson said.