Hugh R. Roome III

Hugh Roome is President of Scholastic International for Asia, Europe, Latin America and President for Consumer and Professional Media. 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 and the PBS series the Magic School Bus and Clifford.

Dr. Roome joined Scholastic in 1991 as Publisher of the SOHO Group. He then served as Executive Vice President directing the company’s Magazine Division, publishing 50 classroom, consumer and professional publications, including publications such as: Scholastic News and Instructor, the oldest and largest magazine for educators. In 1999 he created Upfront with The New York Times, the award-winning teen newsmagazine. He was named President of Scholastic International in 2002, which operates wholly owned companies in 15 countries. Under Hugh, International doubled revenue to $500 million. Prior to joining Scholastic, he served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for MCI from 1989 to 1991. Previously, he worked for Newsweek, Inc. as Director of Marketing and Associate Publisher of Newsweek International.

Dr. Roome has received several degrees from Tufts University, including a joint BA and MA in English in 1974, a MALD in 1977, and a PhD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 1980. Dr. Roome is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Fletcher School’s Edward R. Murrow Center and the Program in International Information and Communication. He was elected to the Tufts University Board of Trustees in 2009.

Dr. Roome serves as a member of the board of the Foreign Policy Association and trustee of the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. He is a past Chair of the Association of Educational Publishers/EdPress, past Chairman of the Board of Directors of American Business Media, and past Chairman of the Independent Magazine Advisory Council. He currently teaches a graduate course at NYU entitled, “The Global Marketplace: Challenges and Opportunities.”

His wife, Katherine Roome J74, is Vice President and Associate General Counsel of McGraw-Hill Companies. She is the author of Letter of the Law (Random House), and co-author with her mother, mystery writer Mildred Davis, of Lucifer Land (Random House), Murder in Maine: The Avenging of Nevah Wright; and Murder in Maine: The Fly Man Murders.

Last updated: August 24, 2009