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Stephan Turnipseed

Stephan Turnipseed, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer Emeritus Stephan Turnipseed on LinkedIn

Stephan Turnipseed is the executive vice president and chief strategy officer emeritus for Pitsco Education. To this role he brings a lifetime of experience as an educational thought leader, advocate of hands-on learning, and entrepreneur.

Turnipseed is the former president of LEGO® Education North America. During his tenure there, he spearheaded the effort to expand the company’s scope from product sales to the development of innovative educational resources. Until recently, Turnipseed led the team at Destination Imagination, an experiential learning company aimed at preparing students for the future of work and civil society.

He chaired The Partnership for 21st Century Learning and cochaired the Brookings Institution’s Business for Early Childhood Development Task Force. He serves on or has served on boards for numerous organizations and think tanks, including Education Reimagined and the Learning Policy Institute. Turnipseed has been a member of the Clinton Global Initiative. Recognizing his lifetime achievement in STEM education, National Instruments awarded him the prestigious Engineering Impact Award.

Turnipseed has a degree in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University and holds patents related to the design of the TETRIX® robotics system. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force, a past president of the Tourette Syndrome Association, and a published author. He celebrates more than four decades of marriage with his wife, Joyce. The couple has an adult son and two grandchildren.


  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Auburn University

“When we provide children with tools and programs through which they have free-form ability to create or resolve problems, without the restriction of having a ‘right answer,’ we eliminate inhibitions and promote creativity – helping them develop the tenacity and ability to adapt to change that is so highly valued by business of today and of tomorrow.”

– Stephan Turnipseed, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer Emeritus