The David J. Pecker Distinguished Professorship

The David J. Pecker Distinguished Professorship enables Pace University to recruit and invite chief executive officers of major publishing companies and other industry leaders to teach and lecture within the M.S. in Publishing Program. Michael Healy, Executive Director of The Book Registry presently holds this position.

The Professorship allows Pace publishing students to learn from the most successful, innovative, and influential people in the publishing world; deepens the connection between students and the industry; exposes students to the latest insights, innovations, and trends in the business; enhances the Program’s already-glowing reputation and allows  it to compete both locally and nationally.

David Pecker   David J. Pecker became Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of American Media, Inc. (AMI) in May 1999, when along with Evercore Partners, he purchased the company. Today, AMI is the leading publisher of celebrity and health & fitness magazines including Star, National Enquirer, Shape and Men’s Fitness. The company’s holdings also include Distribution Services Inc. (DSI), the leading supermarket in-store merchandiser.

Before acquiring American Media, Inc. Mr. Pecker was President and Chief Executive Officer of Hachette Filipacchi Magazines. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 1992, after being named President of Hachette Magazines, Inc. in September 1991. Prior to September 1990, Mr. Pecker had served as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for Hachette Magazines, Inc. formerly Diamandis Communications Inc.

Mr. Pecker holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Pace University and attended Pace University Graduate School of Business. In May of 1998, the university awarded him an Honorary Doctorate of Commercial Science. Mr. Pecker has been elected as a Trustee of the Pace University Board of Trustees. Mr. Pecker is deeply committed to publishing and publishing education.


The following executives have served as the David Pecker Distinguished Professor:

Cevin Bryerman   Cevin Bryerman (2013-2014) – Mr. Bryerman serves as publisher and vice president of Publisher’s Weekly magazine. He has been in the magazine business, working at the helm of both trade and consumer magazines, and in strategic planning, business development, and partnerships for more than 25 years. His topics included “Publishing: Self-Publishing/Where It Fits Into the Publishing World” and “The Impact of Publisher’s Weekly on the Book Industry.”
Arthur Levine   Arthur Levine (2012-2013) – In 1997, Mr. Levine launched Arthur A. Levine Books at Scholastic. He has gathered together prominent authors such as J.K. Rowling, Carolyn Coman, Lisa Yee, and Francisco Stork. Mr. Levine is a writer as well as a publisher, and has done much for literacy and publishing. He discussed his experiences and career as a publisher, and brought his hands-on experience to the Pace students.
Michael Healy   Michael Healy (2009-2012) – Mr. Healy is presently the director of International Relations of the Copyright Clearance Center. He was formerly executive director of the Book Rights Registry. In his lectures, Mr. Healy examined the changes that are occurring in the publishing industry and its effect today on the business. He addressed such topics as “Digital Rights and Wrongs: What’s Going On with Copyright” and “The Future of Publishing in Hazarous Times.”