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Manuel Barron, Test Prep and College Guide Publisher, to Receive Honorary Doctorate at LIU Post

Muttontown resident, 92, still working at Hauppauge firm he founded in 1939


Morgan Lyle,Assistant Director of Public Relations
LIU Post, Long Island University

Manual BarronBrookville, N.Y. – Manuel H. Barron, one of the world's first publishers of test preparation guides and college guidebooks, will receive an honorary doctorate at the 54th Commencement exercises at LIU Post on Friday, May 4.

Barron, 92, founded the Hauppauge, N.Y.-based Barron's Educational Series, Inc. in 1939. He earned a B.A. magna cum laude in the evening division at LIU Post in 1969.

Barron's Educational Series transformed the way students prepare for such exams as the New York State Regents, SAT, ACT, PSAT, GRE and others. The company also was the first to publish national college guides, with "Profiles of American Colleges," now in its 30th edition.

As the test-preparation publishing market has grown, Barron's has diversified widely. While continuing to innovate in the area of study guides, the company also has found success with a wide range of nonfiction titles.

Today, Barron's produces an extensive line of children's books and biographies, as well as books on cooking, foreign languages, gardening, health and wellness, art and film, business and finance, employment and careers, sports and many other topics. The company publishes more than 300 new titles each year and maintains a backlist of more than 2,000 titles.

One of Barron's popular children's picture books, "The Night at the Museum," was adapted for the big screen for the "Night at the Museum" movie starring Ben Stiller.

Barron's maintains its headquarters on Long Island and employs a staff of 125.

Barron established the Manuel H. and Claire Barron Endowed Scholarship at his alma mater in 2011. He and his wife, Claire, live in Muttontown, N.Y., and have two children, Stephanie and Robert. When not tending to business at Barron's, he enjoys sailing and traveling.

Posted 05/02/2012

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