Editor's Note (The View From Here)

In Memoriam

The School Planning & Management and College Planning & Management team is deeply saddened by the death, in March, of Peter Li. With his passing, the education and publishing industries lost a champion, and many of us have lost a mentor and a friend.

In the early 1970s, Peter founded the Peter Li Education Group, an educational publishing and media company serving the pK-12-through higher-education markets. The company was the publisher of titles including: School Planning & Management and College Planning & Management (now a part of 1105 Media, Inc.); Pflaum Publishing Group, CATECHIST magazine and Today’s Catholic Teacher magazine (now a part of Bayard, Inc.); and other titles including Technology & Learning, Today’s School and Early Childhood News.

A visionary and leader in the education publishing industry, Peter was inducted into both the Hall of Fame of the Association of Educational Publishers and the Association of Catholic Publishers’ Hall of Fame. After 40 years in the industry, Peter sold the company, but remained very much interested in educational innovation.

A forward thinking man, his influence on the education industry was great. In 1984, the year the computer revolution began, when the Apple Macintosh was first introduced and the ratio of students to computers was 1:92, he decided to publish a magazine to assist teachers with technology. In 1992, he acquired School Planning & Management, a magazine that was established in 1962 to help those responsible for facilities, construction, security and the financial stability of our nation’s schools. Understanding the important role facilities play in education, he expanded the editorial coverage to include a special section for colleges. In 1995, he funded our first annual School and College Construction Reports and in 1998 began publishing College Planning & Management as a stand-alone magazine.

Peter was dedicated to making schools a better place for students and staff, and over the years, supported and nurtured our publications, allowing them to grow into the resources they are today. For that we thank him. He will be greatly missed by all of us.

This article originally appeared in the April 2016 issue of School Planning & Management.

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