Pearson Executive Paul McFall Honored with Top AAP Award for Service to the Industry
Respected School Publishing Leader to Donate Cash Prize to Student Success Non-Profit
The “Mary McNulty Award for Lifetime Service to Educational Publishing Award” was given during the “Content in Context” conference, the first such event co-produced by AAP and the Association of Educational Publishers. It was presented to McFall, a 42-year publishing industry executive and former educator, at Tuesday’s Beacon Awards Luncheon by Tom Allen, President, AAP, and Jay Diskey, Executive Director, AAP School Division. “Content in Context” was held in Washington DC from June 3-6.
The award carries a $2500 charitable donation which McFall will contribute to Jumpstart, a national non-profit Pre-K organization working to ensure all children in America enter school prepared to succeed. He currently serves on its Central Regional Board.
The McNulty Award recognizes exemplary service to the AAP School Division and the US educational publishing industry. Established in 1983, it is AAP’s highest School honor and named in memory of the former Director of the Division.
“AAP and its member organizations recognize Paul for his many years of service to educational publishing and to our association,” said Tom Allen, President and CEO, AAP. “Paul has been a tireless advocate for the US school publishing industry as well as the students and teachers we serve. We thank Paul for his numerous contributions.”
This year, McFall celebrates his 42nd year in the educational publishing community. Since 2007, he has served as Senior Vice President at Pearson School. In this role, he advises Product Management and Product Development on key curriculum issues, serves on various Product Management and Development teams and supports Government Relations efforts.
From 1994-1997, McFall was Senior Vice President, National Sales Manager for Macmillan/McGraw-Hill and previously was its regional Vice President, Southeast. McFall joined Harper Row Publishing in 1970 as sales representative.
A native of Pensacola, FL, McFall received a B.A. from Troy State University and an M.A. in elementary education from the University of Georgia. Before entering publishing, he taught fifth and sixth grades in the Escambia County School System in Florida.
McFall is active in educational publishing organizations. He served as Chair of the Executive Committee of the AAP School Division from 2009-2011 and for years, has held positions on many other Division committees. In 2011, he was inducted into the Association of Educational Publishers’ Educational Hall of Fame for his dedication to the advancement of education.
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