Scholastic Hires Ex-Columbia University VP of Human Resources for SVP of HR Role


Scholastic Names Lucinda (Cindy) Durning Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Employee Services

NEW YORK, March 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL), the global children’s publishing, education and media company, today announced that Lucinda (Cindy) Durning has joined the company as Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Employee Services.  In this role, Ms. Durning oversees human resource staffing, compensation, benefits and HR systems.  She joins the Company’s Management Executive Committee and reports to Scholastic Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and CFO, Maureen O’Connell.

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Announcing the appointment, Ms. O’Connell said, “Cindy comes to Scholastic with significant experience in human resources positions in several industries, including media, publishing, retail and insurance and in academia.  Her wide-ranging experience will serve us well as we continue to expand globally and as we transition our businesses to more digital product and delivery.”

Prior to joining Scholastic, Ms. Durning was Vice President, Human Resources at Columbia University.  In that role, she was responsible for human resources and labor relations for the University’s 16,000 full-time employees, including Columbia University Medical Center.  At Columbia, she developed and implemented the first university-wide performance management process and revamped health and welfare benefits offerings and communications, resulting in an increase in participation in open enrollment from 24 percent to 67 percent in two years.

Before leading human resources at Columbia, Ms. Durning held senior HR positions at Cigna in Philadelphia and Times Publishing Company in St. Petersburg, FL.

“Joining Scholastic is a great fit for me and an opportunity to contribute to the business of education, something I have long been passionate about,” said Ms. Durning.  “Like so many others, I grew up with Scholastic and now I look forward to making a contribution to the company that does so much to serve the interests of young readers and learners across the globe.”

Cindy Durning holds a B.A. in English from Skidmore College and an M.A. in Organizational Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University.

About Scholastic

Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books and a leader in educational technology and related services and children’s media. Scholastic creates quality books, print and technology-based learning materials and programs, magazines, multi-media and other products that help children learn both at school and at home. The Company distributes its products and services worldwide through a variety of channels, including school-based book clubs and book fairs, retail stores, schools, libraries, on-air, and online at


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