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Mentoring Minds Names New CEO

Shad Madsen named CEO of Mentoring Minds

BOSTON – March 7, 2018 – Mentoring Minds, national publisher of critical thinking–focused resources for K-12, announced on March 5 that Shad Madsen will assume the role of CEO effective immediately. Madsen succeeds current CEO and founder Michael Lujan, who will continue his role as chairman of the board.

“Shad is dedicated to Mentoring Minds’ mission of helping all kids become critical thinkers,” said Lujan. “Over the past four years as CFO, he’s gained a deep knowledge of our customers and our team, and he’s uniquely positioned to become Mentoring Minds’ next CEO.”

Madsen joined Mentoring Minds as CFO in 2013 and helped the regional publisher grow to become the nationally known, award-winning curriculum provider that it is today. Before joining Mentoring Minds, he held various roles at Sabre Inc and Boeing. Prior to his career in the private sector, Madsen served in the U.S. Army. He has an undergraduate degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a master’s of business administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

About Mentoring Minds, the Critical Thinking for Life company

Mentoring Minds is a national K-12 publisher with a mission to put critical thinking at the center of the classroom in order to support student achievement and empower educators to teach to higher standards. Mentoring Minds’ award-winning, research-based resources are designed to be flexible for classroom needs, supporting technology integration and standards mastery for Math, ELA, and Science. Mentoring Minds’ commitment to education extends beyond the classroom, as well; the company proudly sponsors groundbreaking administrators across the nation and supports community-based education initiatives through MindShare, an employee-driven grant program. For more information, call 800-585-5258 or visit

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