Former Pearson CEO William Ethridge Joins Turnitin Board of Directors

Ethridge brings depth of experience in educational technology and global markets to Turnitin Board

Turnitin®, the leader in originality checking and online grading, today announced that William Ethridge, most recently the chief executive officer of Pearson North America, is joining the Turnitin Board of Directors. Ethridge brings over 30 years of experience in secondary and higher education, along with deep international experience, to the Turnitin Board.

“Will is an outstanding leader with a broad range of experience in education and technology,” said Chris Caren, CEO of Turnitin. “His business acumen, combined with a passion for student learning and achievement, adds a strong voice for customers to our Board of Directors.”

From 2008 to 2015, Ethridge served as North American CEO and Board Member of Pearson, the leading global educational services company. As CEO, Ethridge was responsible for Pearson's higher education, K-12, assessment, professional and educational technology services businesses. Ethridge also served as CEO and President of Pearsons U.S. Higher Education, International, and Professional Publishing Group, a division of Pearson from 2003 to 2008.

Prior to joining Pearson in 1998, Ethridge held several positions at Prentice Hall, including President of Prentice Hall’s sciences and technical publishing operations. He also served as Chairman of CourseSmart, a publishers' digital e-book consortium, and as Chairman of the Association of American Publishers (AAP).

“Turnitin is an incredible company that is helping nearly two million instructors engage with students and improve their performance,” said Ethridge. “I look forward to helping the company continue to fulfill its mission of providing the tools educators need to evaluate and improve student learning.”

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Turnitin is your partner in education with integrity. Turnitin’s originality checking and authorship investigation services ensure academic integrity, promote critical thinking, and help students improve their authentic writing. Turnitin provides instructors with the tools to prevent plagiarism, engage students in the writing process, and provide personalized feedback. Turnitin is used by more than 30 million students at 15,000 institutions in 140 countries. Backed by Insight Venture Partners, GIC, Norwest Venture Partners, Lead Edge Capital and Georgian Partners, Turnitin is headquartered in Oakland, Calif., with international offices in Newcastle, U.K., Utrecht, Netherlands, Melbourne, Australia, Seoul, Korea and throughout Latin America. @Turnitin