Mark J. Chernis
Mr. Chernis joined Pearson in June of 2011 following the acquisition of SchoolNet. He currently serves as the SVP of Strategic Partnerships and Investments and was previously the President and Chief Operating Officer of SchoolNet. Pearson is the leading global education company with employees in over 80 countries. The company’s goal is to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives through learning. SchoolNet, at the time of its acquisition, was the leading provider of instructional management software. The company served hundreds of school districts across the United States, and was primarily owned by the Carlyle Group and other private investors.
Prior to Schoolnet, Mr. Chernis joined The Princeton Review in 1984 and served as the company’s Chief Operating Officer and Secretary beginning in 1995. In August 2000, he was appointed as President of the company. During his 24 year career at The Princeton Review, Mr. Chernis either held or oversaw key leadership positions in nearly every sector of the Company, including information technology, operations, product development and each of Princeton Review’s three operating divisions. Over the years he orchestrated more than 15 corporate acquisitions, sat on several corporate boards – including Schoolnet, Inc., and was instrumental in Princeton Review’s IPO in June of 2001.
Mr. Chernis attended Vassar College and now lives in Bedford, NY where he was a three times publicly elected member of the Board of Education for the Bedford Central School District.
Mr. Chernis also serves as a Board and Audit Committee member at 2U Inc., a publicly traded education company, partnering with preeminent institutions of higher education to deliver rigorous, selective degree programs online.