Kurt M. Landgraf, ETS President & CEO, Joins ISA Board Institute for Student Achievement Welcomes Education Leader

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Institute for Student Achievement Welcomes Education Leader to its Board of Directors

The Institute for Student Achievement, a national high school reform leader, based in New York, announced today that Educational Testing Service (ETS) President & CEO Kurt M. Landgraf has joined the ISA Board of Directors.

Mr. Landgraf became President and CEO of ETS in 2000 and has expanded the testing service into the K-12 market, broadened educational research and global markets, and increased collaboration with groups serving underrepresented students. ETS, widely known for developing and administering the SAT, GRE, and TOEFL tests, is the world’s largest private testing and research organization.

“We are delighted to welcome Kurt Landgraf to ISA’s board,” said ISA President and CEO Dr. Gerry House. “He is a visionary and inspiring leader in education. His goals align perfectly with ISA’s mission: to provide an excellent education for every child and to prepare students to succeed in college and in life. His vast experience, his intelligence, imagination and heart will be an extraordinary addition to the already considerable talents of ISA’s board of directors. I look forward to working with him.”

Landgraf has championed efforts to close the academic gap between affluent and disadvantaged students through strengthened ties with Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the National Urban League, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, the ASPIRA Association and Native American education groups. This focus on equity in education is central to his commitment to ISA: “Working with ISA is an opportunity to advance a successful model for high school turnaround,” said Mr. Landgraf. “If we are to provide underserved students with a real chance to succeed in high school, attend college and earn a degree, we have to give them a first-rate education. The balance of support and academic rigor ISA offers is transforming schools and lives. I’m honored to be invited to be a part of that effort.”

Before assuming his role at ETS, Mr. Landgraf held a number of executive positions in the healthcare and pharmaceuticals industries with leadership roles at Dupont, including Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Dupont Pharmaceuticals Company, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Financial Officer. His relationship with ETS began early in his career when he was its Associate Director of Marketing. He was recently Vice Chair of the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education and is a past President of the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc.

Mr. Landgraf recently served as Vice Chair of the New Jersey Educational Facilities Authority. He serves on the boards of Louisiana-Pacific Corporation and Corning Incorporated. He has chaired the National Pharmaceutical Council, United Way of Delaware, and Delaware CarePlan. Kurt M. Landgraf holds graduate degrees from Pennsylvania State University, Rutgers University, and Western Michigan University. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program and holds honorary doctorates from Pennsylvania State University, Wagner College, Thomas Edison State College, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, and Goldey-Beacom College.

About ISA (Institute for Student Achievement)
ISA (Institute for Student Achievement) is a high school transformation organization that uses a proven, research-based educational framework to transform underperforming public high schools into rigorous and supportive learning environments that prepare all students for success in college. ISA schools, often located in areas where graduation rates have been as low as 35%, increased their graduation rates—some to 90% with nearly 90% of those graduates continuing on to college. ISA has partner schools in six states, serving over 20,000 students. For more information contact us at (516) 812-6771 or visit http://www.studentachievement.org.

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