GREENVILLE, Wis., Aug. 22, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- School Specialty (Nasdaq:SCHS), a leading K-12 education company with the broadest array of products in the market, today announced the appointment of Patrick "Pat" T. Collins in the newly created position of Senior Vice President, Sales, effective September 4. In this new role, Collins will have the responsibility for leading School Specialty's sales organization and targeted strategic initiatives. Collins was most recently Senior Vice President, Sales of United Stationers, one of the largest broadline distributors of business supplies in the U.S. He joined United Stationers in 2004, and was responsible for sales, field marketing, customer service and business development, as well as the leadership of two divisions, which together, accounted for approximately $600 million in revenues. "Pat Collins' proven leadership and effectiveness in designing and implementing new sales and sales management processes will be a great asset to School Specialty," said President and Chief Executive Officer Michael P. Lavelle. "His experience in creating new business development teams, growing specific vertical consumer opportunities and developing effective channel strategies will enhance our senior management team while creating a strong sales organization capable of driving long term sales growth and improving customer satisfaction." Collins was also previously associated with Ingram Micro, Inc. from 2000 to 2004, as Senior Group Vice President, Sales and Marketing. Prior to Ingram Micro, Collins spent 15 years with Frito-Lay, in various positions of increasing responsibility, including operations, sales, finance and accounting. Collins graduated from Marietta College with a BA in Economics and received his MBA from The Ohio State University, Columbus. About School Specialty, Inc. School Specialty is a leading education company that provides innovative and proprietary products, programs and services to help educators engage and inspire students of all ages and abilities to learn. The company designs, develops, and provides preK-12 educators with the latest and very best curriculum, supplemental learning resources, and school supplies. Working in collaboration with educators, School Specialty reaches beyond the scope of textbooks to help teachers, guidance counselors and school administrators ensure that every student reaches his or her full potential.