Pearson’s Paul McFall Honored for Leadership, Innovation in Education Industry

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Inducted into Association of Educational Publishers Educational Hall of Fame

Honoring his lifetime dedication to the advancement of education, the Association of Educational Publishers inducted Paul McFall, Senior Vice President of Pearson School, into its Hall of Fame today.

The Hall of Fame pays tribute to those who have made remarkable and lasting contributions to education and educational publishing. This special career distinction recognizes individuals for their extraordinary individual achievement, professional accomplishments, and exceptional impact on the community.

McFall’s 45-year record of success embodies a total commitment to supporting classroom teachers in meeting the challenges they face every day. His unparalleled successes as a leader and innovator include spearheading Pearson’s and the industry’s intense focus on research-based curriculum. At the same time, he introduced independent efficacy studies of the company’s curriculum programs to validate their success in improving student outcomes and to inform the next generation of product development. His foresight into the future direction of educational development served as a catalyst to the launch of the first technology-based elementary math and social studies programs into the marketplace.

McFall’s current responsibilities as Pearson’s Senior Vice President, School include advising the product management and development teams, providing insight and expertise into evolving curriculum issues, and supporting government relations efforts.

He recently completed a two-year term as President of the Executive Committee of the Association of American Publishers School Division, and serves on the Central Regional Board for Jumpstart for Young Children, a non-profit Pre-K organization. He is a key contributor to Pearson’s Instructional Leadership Council, and the Hispanic Leadership Council. McFall’s dedication to education extends to a legion of volunteer activities, including helping underprivileged children learn to read.

After completing his B.A. degree at Troy State University in Alabama, McFall taught fifth and sixth grades in the Escambia County School System. He received his M.A. in elementary education in 1968 at the University of Georgia. In 1970, he became a representative for Harper Row Publishing in North Carolina. Following that, at Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, he was named regional vice president of the Southeast, and in 1994 he became senior vice president, national sales manager in New York.

“Both professionally and personally, Paul personifies the highest levels of commitment, integrity, and achievement,” said Peter Cohen, Pearson School CEO. “He has had an indelible impact on the education industry. I’m honored to have him as a colleague, and congratulate him on this honor recognizing a remarkable career which has always been focused on what is best for teachers and students.”

Charlene Gaynor, CEO of the Association of Educational Publishers, said, “"We congratulate Paul on this incredibly well deserved recognition. His illustrious career has been marked by unmatched integrity, inspirational leadership, a vision that drove innovation, and most of all a commitment to our country's teachers and students. For every one of his more than 45 years devoted to education, he has been a role model for all of us.”

The Class of 2011 includes Dr. Charlotte Frank, Senior Vice President of Research and Development at McGraw-Hill Education, and Don Johnston, CEO and founder of the special education company Don Johnston, Inc.

About AEP
The Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) is a nonprofit organization that serves and advances the industry of supplemental educational publishing. The membership of AEP represents the breadth of educational content developers delivering progressive educational products in all media and for any educational setting.

AEP's thought leadership and market insight have created ground-breaking opportunities for its members to collaborate, network, and partner with each other as well as to acquire a voice in the development of government education policy. Founded in 1895, AEP now assists its members in navigating the global realities of educational publishing in the 21st Century. For more information, please visit

About Pearson
Pearson,, has as its mission to work side by side with states, districts, teachers, students and parents to ensure that every child is prepared for college and career (NYSE: PSO).

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Kate Miller, kate.miller(at)pearson(dot)com – 800.745.8489

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