Michael Sisk Joins The Chronicle of Higher Education Inc. as Publisher and Chief Revenue Officer

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Sisk, known for his transformational leadership, starts at The Chronicle on December 1, 2017

The Chronicle of Higher Education Inc. today announced that Michael Sisk will be its next publisher and chief revenue officer. Sisk comes to The Chronicle from Gannett Co. Inc. where, as group-sales vice president, he led sales for the company’s 53 eastern U.S. markets, aligning the teams around streamlined processes that drove proven return on investment and digital revenue.

Before joining Gannett, Sisk was at W.W. Grainger Inc., where he built new sales strategies and transformed the company’s core commercial business, overseeing a team of 1,000 people and more than $1 billion in revenue. Sisk began his career as a management consultant for Arthur Andersen and progressed through the ranks of Bell South, in sales and leadership roles, including a project with McKinsey & Company that significantly improved financial results, efficiency and effectiveness metrics, and team satisfaction.

“Michael Sisk has a track record of transformational leadership and a slightly unconventional background for publishing,” said Michael G. Riley, president and editor-in-chief of The Chronicle of Higher Education Inc. “That’s exactly what we need to help power The Chronicle through a time of rapid change and meet the need for smart innovation.”

“I’m excited to join The Chronicle because of its half-century of service to higher education and philanthropy,” said Sisk. “We’re going to seize the opportunities that lie ahead, staying true to our mission and principles, while delivering strong value for our communities in new, differentiated ways.”

The Chronicle of Higher Education Inc. provides people in the higher education and nonprofit communities the essential news, information, and resources they need to lead smarter, more successful professional lives. It publishes The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and Arts & Letters Daily, and serves its fields with job boards and other informational resources. In his capacity as publisher and chief revenue officer, Sisk will lead The Chronicle’s business functions, including audience development, recruitment advertising, institutional/corporate advertising, and marketing.

Sisk will officially join The Chronicle on December 1, 2017. He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Auburn University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Memphis Executive Program. Among other volunteer work, he has served as a mentor with Year Up, a nonprofit organization that connects low-income young people to professional jobs.

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