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Questia Media, Inc. Announces Stanley Chodorow as Vice President of Academic Affairs; Former Provost of the University of Pennsylvania to join Questia's Senior Management.

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HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 4, 2000

Questia Media, Inc. today named Stanley Chodorow, Ph.D., as the company's Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Dr. Chodorow, a distinguished historian and university administrator as well as a leader in integrating Internet technologies into higher education, will serve as the company's chief liaison to the higher education community. He will work with faculty and others in the academic community to promote Questia's services and to develop its strategy for serving and supporting academic programs. He will also serve as secretary to the Questia Advisory Council, which includes Former First Lady Barbara Bush and Harvard University Library Director Dr. Sidney Verba.

Questia has created an online resource for academic research that it will launch in January 2001. The company aims to transform the way students do library research by providing an extensive online collection of books and journal articles together with a suite of search, bibliographic, and annotation tools. The Questia service will provide unlimited access to the materials in the Questia collection, which will contain 50,000 books and journal articles by early 2001 and will grow to approximately 250,000 items by 2003.

"We are elated to have Dr. Chodorow join our team," said Troy Williams, Questia founder and CEO. "We believe Questia will become indispensable to many college students over the next few years. As such, we want to make sure Questia has a positive impact on learning and teaching processes and on the higher education community as a whole. Dr. Chodorow, who has more than 30 years of experience as a faculty member and administrator at major universities, will help us ensure that we do just that by representing the viewpoint of higher education professionals on our senior leadership team."

"I am very excited about what Questia is doing," Dr. Chodorow commented. "It is realizing the potential of the electronic environment for providing access to scholarly materials to students and teachers at all kinds of institutions. Questia will improve education for those on campus and make education possible for the growing number of students studying in distance education programs. Millions of students will benefit from Questia's service."

Dr. Chodorow has had a distinguished career both at the University of California, San Diego, where he served as Professor of History, Dean of Arts and Sciences, Dean of Arts and Humanities, and Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Planning and at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was Provost. Since leaving the University of Pennsylvania, he has been CEO of the California Virtual University, through which public and private institutions in California offered thousands of online courses and more than a hundred programs. He was also Special Associate to the President of the University of California for Instructional Technology. Concurrently, Dr. Chodorow has returned to teaching and will continue to teach part-time while serving Questia. In addition, Dr. Chodorow chairs the board of the Council on Library and Information Resources (Washington D.C.), is on the board of the Center for Research Libraries (Chicago), and has written extensively on the future of libraries and scholarship in the electronic age.

About Questia Media, Inc.

Founded in Houston in 1998, Questia Media, Inc. is building the first online service to provide unlimited access to the full text of hundreds of thousands of books and journals, as well as tools to enhance the use of these materials. For millions of college students, the Questia(SM) service will enable them to do research and use scholarly materials in their papers at any time from any connected corner of the world. Based in Houston, with approximately 300 employees, Questia is delivering on the true promise of the Internet by providing access to a wealth of human knowledge. Visit www.questia.com for more information and to receive a free one-month trial subscription.
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