People Briefs, Feb. 15, 2019

February 15, 2019 | Volume 50, Number 4

John Wiley & Sons (Hoboken, NJ) in February said Jesse Wiley, a seventh-generation Wiley family member, was named non-executive chairman of the board of directors. Wiley, who has served on the board since 2012, succeeds Matthew Kissner, who has served as chairman since 2015 and is stepping down to take on the role of executive vice president and group executive reporting to president and CEO, Brian Napack. Kissner, who served as chairman from 2015 to 2019 and as interim CEO from May 2017 to December 2017, will assume operational oversight of Wiley’s business units in his new role.

Bridgepoint Education (San Diego) in February named John Semel executive vice president, chief strategy officer, reporting to CEO Andrew Clark. Semel will lead the execution of the company’s merger and acquisitions strategy, working with business units and corporate functions on industry research and analysis, along with financial evaluation and modeling for merger and acquisition opportunities through the integration process. Semel most recently was interim chief strategy officer of Apollo-backed Mood Media (Austin). Prior to Mood, he was the chief strategy Officer of John Wiley and Sons (Hoboken, NJ). 

North Carolina superintendent of public instruction Mark Johnson in February named Mary M. Hemphill the state’s first director of computer science and technology education. Hemphill will join the state Department of Public Instruction in April, reporting to deputy superintendent of innovation Eric Hall. Hemphill currently is principal of Carver Middle School in Scotland County.

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