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Educate, Inc. Announces New Chief Executive Officer

by Sylvan Learning | Jan 21, 2016

BALTIMORE, MD— Educate, Inc., parent company of Sylvan Learning LLC., the leading provider of personal tutoring and after school enrichment programs, announced today that its Board of Directors has selected John McAuliffe as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer.

The Board of Directors of Educate, Inc. conducted a comprehensive national search process for a leader who will implement an ambitious growth transformation strategy for the Sylvan business.  The search process was facilitated by Russell Reynolds, a global executive search firm.  An initial prospect pool of over 200 potential candidates with deep experiences in franchise management and/or operational transformation programs was narrowed by stages into 40+ candidates of interest, 14 interviewees, and 3 finalists who were interviewed multiple times by the full Board.

“I am delighted to announce John as the new leader of the Educate/Sylvan management team. He is a proven executive with over 20 years of experience in the education industry, he has led the operational and financial management of company-wide transformation programs, and he has experience working with Sylvan’s franchisee base,” said Zeeshan Mirza, Managing Director at Guggenheim Partners, speaking on behalf of Educate Inc.’s Board of Directors. “Over the last few months in addition to his responsibilities as the CFO, John has led the internal planning process for developing Sylvan’s transformation plan, including a new financial/operating model for driving higher franchisee profitability. I am confident he will drive immediate and lasting value creation for Sylvan’s stakeholders which includes families, franchisees and educators, the corporate team, and investors. I look forward to working with him as we continue to transform and grow the Sylvan business.”

“I am excited about the opportunity to lead Sylvan during a critical time on our history. We have a great team of employees and franchisees committed to providing excellent educational products and services to our customers.” said John McAuliffe.

McAuliffe joined Educate, Inc. in 2010 and most recently served as the Chief Financial Officer. Prior to that, John was the CFO of Prometric, a technology-enabled testing and assessment services provider. Before that he served as the COO of Capstar which develops competency assessment, learning measurement, and testing solutions for private and public organizations. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Loyola College in Baltimore. John also serves on several not-for-profit organization committees in the Baltimore area.


With more than 35 years of experience and more than 600 locations throughout North America, Sylvan Learning is the leading provider of personal learning for students in grades K-12. Sylvan is transforming how students learn, inspiring them to succeed in school and in life. Sylvan’s proven tutoring approach blends amazing teachers with SylvanSync™ technology on the iPad® for an engaging learning experience. Sylvan also leads the way with Sylvan EDGE—STEM and accelerated courses and Sylvan Prep —college and test prep courses. Sylvan supports families through every stage of the academic journey. For more information, visit www.SylvanLearning.com or SylvanLearning.com/blog.

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