Education Industry Association’s Chief to Step Down From Post

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Steve Pines, who for more than a decade has served as executive director of the Education Industry Association, a voice for commercial vendors working in schools, is retiring and will step down from that position later this year.

The association, based in Vienna, Va., represents about 190 dues-paying companies in educational technology, tutoring, test-preparation, and private and charter school operations, among other sectors.

Pines said he’s likely to leave the post in the first half of the year, though the date is not certain. He will still be on board for the group’s education industry summit, scheduled for Feb. 18-20 in Washington.) Pines said he’s not leaving the world of education—he plans to continue to work as a consultant on many of the same issues the EIA is involved with now.

The executive director is looking for a bit more balance between his personal and professional life. Pines, 62, says he will work with EIA’s board of directors to find a replacement for his position.

“I’ve done it for 10 years,” Pines said. “I’ve helped the organization grow and explore policy and helped entrepreneurs. [Now] I’m ready to move on to other challenges.”

Pines became EIA’s executive director in 2004, joining the organization after having served as a vice president at Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc.

At EIA, Pines’ organization has sought to provide education companies with information and advocacy on a range of issues. One recent topic EIA has focused on is trying to bridge the divide between vendors and K-12 officials over how districts buy products, a longstanding source of frustration for vendors.

Many district officials say too many companies seem clueless about or unresponsive to their specific needs; many company officials, in turn, see the K-12 purchasing process as soaked in bureaucracy and policies that slow buying and make it harder for smaller, potentially innovative businesses to compete. The EIA, along with the congressionally authorized nonprofit Digital Promise, commissioned and helped design a nationwide study of district procurement, the results of which were released in November.


7 thoughts on “Education Industry Association’s Chief to Step Down From Post

  1. I have interacted with Steve Pines on numerous occasions through his work at EIA and know that he will be missed. The organization will be very lucky if it can find somebody with Steve’s vision, collaborative skills, enthusiasm, and capabilities to assume the directorship.

    Andrew Pass

  2. Steve Pines has demonstrated strong leadership for EIA, particularly in continually promoting the importance of product effectiveness being supported by evidence from both formative and summative studies. I have enjoyed working with him in increasing members’ exposure to evaluation designs and opportunities, as well as in implementing the fall-2014 ed-tech procurement study.

    Steven Ross
    CRRE, Johns Hopkins

  3. Steve has made great efforts to create a voice for the education entrepreneur. No one worked harder. Best wishes as he moves on.

  4. Pines did a terrific job for an industry undergoing constant significant change. He is a great collaborator with a powerful sense of purpose. I am sure that his next chapter will be equally successful and that our paths will continue to cross in productive ways.

  5. As a long-time EIA Board member and the outgoing Board President, I think Steve has provided strong and passionate leadership to EIA during a period of rapid change and innovation in the K12 space. I applaud his service to EIA and wish him well in the next phase of his career and life.

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