Dr. Richard M. Goldman, a lifelong educator, philanthropist, and businessman, received his Ph.D. in Education from the University of Pittsburgh. He then joined the University’s faculty and taught at the University of Haifa and Kent State University. He also served as dean of the Nova Southeastern University School of Education in Florida.
He and his wife Renée opened a private preschool in 1985 in Florida. The Goldmans founded a college preparatory school in the late 1990s, serving children from over 100 countries. It was one of the first schools to provide laptops to its students. The couple then opened several online educational learning centers, including Smart Horizons Career Online Education, the world’s first accredited virtual school. They also founded Cengage Learning who provides employee education with two clients being McDonald’s and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
The couple has generously supported the University Pittsburgh School of Education since 1976 in support of educational causes. Today, Richard is the board chairman at Smart Horizons, an online school he founded with his wife. He also works with Chai Tech, an online program that allows Jewish children from across the country to prepare and plan for their bar and bat mitzvahs.