Dean Ann Kirschner

Dean Ann KirschnerDean Kirschner's career spans an unusual range of experiences and organizations. As an entrepreneur in media and technology, she has led start-up teams that shifted business models and technologies. She headed new franchise development at Group W Cable during its largest period of expansion, and introduced the first forays into digital content delivery (REQUEST teletext), and won the industry’s ACE marketing award. As head of marketing and communications for PRIMETIME 24, she and her co-founders were early pioneers in the home satellite dish business and were the principal movers behind Congressional passage of the 1988 Home Satellite Viewer Act. She launched NFL SUNDAY TICKET for the National Football League and created NFL.COM, the first sports league on the Internet, and the first to introduce play-by-play, e-commerce, multi- language audio, and video highlights. A pioneer in online education, she founded FATHOM, a for-profit education venture in partnership with Columbia University, London School of Economics, and other leading institutions.

Ann Kirschner is a distinguished author and keynote speaker on education policy and strategy, careers, and digital media. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, Chronicle of Higher Education,, and other publications. Her first book, Sala’s Gift, (2006), tells the story of her mother’s wartime rescue of letters from Nazi labor camps, and has been published in German, Polish, Italian, French, Czech, and Chinese. The letters are in the permanent collection of The New York Public Library and are the subject of an international traveling exhibit, a theatrical play by Arlene Hutton, and a forthcoming documentary film by Murray Nossel. Her second book, Lady at the OK Corral: the True Story of Josephine Marcus Earp, was recently published by HarperCollins.

She was named one of New York Magazine’s “Millennium New Yorkers” and honored as a distinguished graduate of Princeton University and University of Buffalo. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Apollo Group, Public Agenda, the Paul and Daisy Soros Foundation, the Jewish Women’s Archive, and Advisory Councils for Princeton, the University of Virginia, and the Center for Jewish History.

She is a graduate of Princeton University, where she earned a PhD in English and was honored as a Whiting Fellow in the Humanities. She received a BA in English from University of Buffalo and an MA in English from University of Virginia. Ann Kirschner lives in New York with her husband, Dr. Harold Weinberg, and is the mother of three grown children.


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