Hugh Roome publishes Scholastic’s twenty-five magazines and websites reaching over 20 million readers, including Upfront with The New York Times, the award-winning teen newsmagazine which he created, and Instructor — the oldest and largest publication for educators. Hugh is also publisher of various book imprints, including Enchantment of the World, and Cornerstones of Freedom, as well as Grolier Online, the largest reference source for schools.
As President of Scholastic International, Hugh led 15 overseas companies and doubled revenue to $500 million from Asia, Europe and the Americas, launching new businesses in China, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines. He and his team worked with numerous schools across the developing world to provide educational materials. Earlier in his tenure he orchestrated the turnaround and successful divestiture of the SOHO Group and of the Quality Education Data Company for Scholastic.
Scholastic Corporation is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books and a leader in educational technology, children’s media, and e-commerce. With a corporate mission to help children around the world to read and learn, Scholastic distributes its products and services in 140 countries. Among its products are the phenomenally successfully Harry Potter series, The Hunger Games, and the PBS series the Magic School Bus and Clifford.
He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of the Foreign Policy Association. Hugh served as Chair of the Board of Directors of American Business Media; He is a past Chair of the Association of Educational Publishers and EdPress. Hugh is a Trustee of the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. He is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.
Hugh holds a doctorate in international relations from the Fletcher School of Tufts University. He is an Adjunct Professor at New York University, teaching “The Global Marketplace: Challenges and Opportunities.”
He was elected to the Tufts University Board of Trustees in 2009.
April 22, 2014