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ASU Student Picked for Board

June 26, 2013

Maxwell Kennady, a senior in the Angelo State University Honors Program, has been selected to serve on the 2013-14 Pearson Student Advisory Board and provide input to the world’s largest educational publishing company.

A native of Lenorah, Kennady is one of only 12 student leaders chosen for the Pearson board, along with nine others from the U.S. and two from Canada.  His one-year tenure will begin at the Pearson Student Leadership Summit July 29-Aug. 2 in Boston.

As a board member, Kennady will work directly with Pearson executives in a series of in-person and virtual meetings; participate in brainstorming sessions with key senior Pearson executives regarding the challenges in the business world; communicate students’ concerns and needs; work with editors and marketing managers to influence the content, production and distribution mechanisms for educational products; and gain real-world experience and build a strong résumé prior to graduation.

To be chosen to serve on the board, students must demonstrate proven leadership and analytical skills, exemplary written and verbal communications skills, the ability to tap into a wide network of students and a passion for making a difference.  They must also be self-motivated team players.

Kennady is currently a double major in management information systems and international business.  He has honed his leadership skills by serving on the board of the Concho Valley PAWS nonprofit agency through the Honors Program Community Leadership Initiative, and by serving as both an officer for the ASU Honors Students Association and an emissary for the Honors Program.  As a junior, he completed a study abroad program in Verona, Italy.  He has also participated in the Institute for Philanthropy and Volunteer Services and completed an internship with the North American Association for Environmental Education, both in Washington, D.C., last summer.

Pearson is one of the world’s leading education companies, providing educational materials, technologies, assessments and related services to teachers and students of all ages in the U.S. and more than 70 other countries.  Its educational publishers include Scott Foresman, Prentice Hall, Addison-Wesley, Allyn and Bacon, Benjamin Cummings and Longman.  Its commercial publishers include Penguin, Putnam, Viking, Puffin, Ladybird, Hamish Hamilton and Berkley.  More information on Pearson can be found online at