After almost three decades with Education Week, Virginia B. Edwards, the publication’s editor in chief and president of parent company Editorial Projects in Education, is stepping down. Edwards has been EIC since 1989 and president of EPE since 1997.
“While it’s been a bumpy ride at times, we have accomplished much during the past more than two decades of incredible media disruption,” Edwards said in a statement. “Like other publishers that have survived and thrived during the difficult and ongoing transition from print to digital publishing, EPE looks very different today than it did even a few years ago.”
Edwards’ tenure, from 1989 to the present, gave her an opportunity to build and grow Education Week’s digital operation. Once Edweek.org became a thing twenty years ago, Edwards became its editor as well, overseeing a site that currently has 1.6 million registered users and a newsletter subscriber count in the hundreds of thousands.
Edwards will be succeeded by Michele Givens, who will serve as president and CEO of EPE. Givens has been with EPE since 2001, when she joined as general manager, adding on the role of publisher in 2009.
“I think Michele Givens is a rock star,” Edwards said in an interview with Education Week’s Mark Walsh. “We’ve worked together for 15 years, shoulder to shoulder. It has been an incredible partnership.”