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Mark Chernis

Chief Operating Officer

Sweating the small stuff can make a huge difference.

Mark Chernis is 2U, Inc.'s chief operating officer. Prior to becoming COO, Chernis served as a board and audit committee member at 2U for nearly a decade. He stepped down from 2U's Board in order to take on his role as COO.

Chernis joined 2U in 2018 from Pearson, a global education company with employees in more than 80 countries, where he served as senior vice president of strategic partnerships and investments. Prior to Pearson, Chernis served as the president and chief operating officer of SchoolNet, which at the time of its acquisition by Pearson was the leading provider of instructional management software serving hundreds of school districts across the United States.

Prior to Schoolnet, Chernis joined The Princeton Review and served as the company’s chief operating officer and secretary. In August 2000, he was appointed as president of the company. During his 24-year career at The Princeton Review, Chernis either held or oversaw key leadership positions in nearly every sector of the company, including information technology, operations, product development, and each of The Princeton Review’s three operating divisions. Over the years he orchestrated more than 15 corporate acquisitions, sat on several corporate boards—including SchoolNet, Inc.—and was instrumental in Princeton Review’s IPO in June 2001.

Chernis attended Vassar College and now lives in Bedford, NY, where he was thrice publicly elected to the Board of Education for the Bedford Central School District.