Education Industry Veteran Brings 35 Years of Experience to New Leadership Role

GREENVILLE, Wis. – (October 29, 2013) – School Specialty, a leading distributor of innovative and proprietary products, programs and services to the education marketplace, today announced the appointment of Bodie Marx as General Manager of Science. Marx brings more than 35 years of experience in education to his new position leading this division where he is responsible for the company’s hands-on, inquiry-based science education programs. This includes FOSS, Delta Science Modules (DSM), Delta Science Content Readers, CPO Science, and Frey Scientific.

“This is a time of great change in the education industry. With the debut of the Next Generation Science Standards and the overall transformation of publishing, School Specialty is particularly excited to have Bodie join our team as the new leader of this important curriculum division,” said Rick Holden, Executive Vice President of School Specialty and President of School Specialty Curriculum. “He brings outstanding leadership abilities and thoughtful innovation to his new role with our company.”

Most recently, Marx was Senior Vice President of Time to Know Initiative, an innovative digital teaching platform company within McGraw-Hill School Publishing. Prior to that, he held senior leadership positions at McGraw-Hill School Publishing, Siboney Learning Group, PlayBac Publishing and Scott Foresman. In these roles, he successfully led start-up, turn-around, strategic growth and consolidation initiatives.

“Bodie is a strong addition to the School Specialty team and we look forward to the many contributions he will make in support of our Science curriculum offerings,” stated Jim Henderson, Chairman and Interim President and Chief Executive Officer. “He has a proven track record in our field and knows the needs of our students and our educators.”

Marx, who joined School Specialty on September 30, said, “I am inspired by the talent, passion and brands that drive this company and the opportunities for growth that await us. We expect to grow our substantial K-12 science business by continuing to engage students and by empowering teachers to deliver proven solutions.”

About School Specialty
School Specialty is a leading distributor of innovative and proprietary products, programs and services to the education marketplace. The Company designs, develops, and provides educators with the latest and very best school supplies, furniture and both curriculum and supplemental learning resources. Working in collaboration with educators, School Specialty reaches beyond the scope of textbooks to help teachers, guidance counselors and school administrators ensure that every student reaches his or her full potential. For more information about School Specialty, visit
Delta Education, CPO Science, and Frey Scientific, all part of School Specialty’s Science division, deliver the best of hands-on, inquiry-based science education to K-12 students. Trusted brands include FOSS, Delta Science Modules (DSM), Delta Science Content Readers, CPO Science, and Frey Scientific. For more information about School Specialty Science, visit or

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