A 29-year veteran of Discovery Communications, Bill Goodwyn is president and CEO of Discovery Education. As the premiere ed-tech content platform and leading provider of digital textbooks, curriculum-based digital content, and professional development, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning worldwide. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the U.K., and more than 50 countries around the globe.
Under Goodwyn’s leadership, Discovery Education pioneered the development and implementation of digital textbooks. Designed to replace traditional, hardcopy textbooks as the primary resource for classroom instruction, Discovery Education’s engaging digital textbooks, or Techbooks, are among the first to be adopted in multiple U.S. states. In addition, Goodwyn launched the company’s efforts to forge strategic alliances with Fortune 500 companies, foundations, and associations supporting public education initiatives. Through these innovative initiatives, Discovery Education and its partners are providing schools with no-cost resources in the fields of STEM, college & career readiness, financial literacy, health & wellness, and more.
Previously, as Discovery Communication’s President of Global Content Distribution, Goodwyn oversaw the company’s content distribution strategy, sales and marketing for a portfolio of networks in 180 countries, built a U.S. content revenue stream exceeding $1.5B annually, and cemented Discovery as one of the top television and content platforms in media.
Acknowledging his passion and commitment to excellence and innovation in education, EdTech Digest has recognized Goodwyn with their prestigious Leadership Award. Additionally, Goodwyn has been named one of the top “100 CEO Leaders in STEM” for 2016 by STEMconnector®. In 2015, Goodwyn was honored by the Association of American Publishers PreK-12 Learning Group with the Visionary Award, which recognizes professionals making a significant impact within the educational community. In recognition of his career achievements in the cable industry, Goodwyn was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame in 2013, was named a Cable Pioneer, and has been awarded the NCTA – The Internet & Television Association’s Vanguard Award, the highest honor for young leadership in the industry.
Goodwyn is currently a member of the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy’s CEO Coalition. He also serves on the Board for the Central Piedmont Community College Foundation, the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM) Education Foundation, and the T. Howard Foundation (diversity in media). In addition, Goodwyn serves on the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC) School of Media and Journalism Board of Advisors and was recently inducted into the UNC Media and Journalism Hall of Fame.
Under his stewardship, Discovery Education has been recognized with a number of industry honors, including awards from the Association of Educational Publishers, Software & Information Industry Association, ComputED Learning Lab, Ed Tech Digest, Learning Magazine, and Tech & Learning magazine. Discovery Education has also been named by Fast Company as one of the “10 Most Innovative Companies in Education.” Most recently, Discovery Education was named Best Corporate Steward (small to middle-market business) by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Citizens Awards.