Richard L. Ferguson, ACT CEO and chairman of the board, has announced plans to retire this year.
The board is extremely grateful to Dick for his nearly four decades of service, said Mark Musick, lead director. His contributions, leadership, and vision have been critical to expanding ACTs influence and impact.
Ferguson joined ACT in 1972 as a research psychologist and was appointed executive vice president in the early 1980s. He became president in 1988, and then CEO and chairman of the board in 2002.
Ferguson has guided the development and implementation of the variety of programs and services ACT offers to support college and career readiness. Under his leadership, the organization has touched the lives of millions of students and adults throughout the nation and around the world, including more than 1.5 million 2009 U.S. high school graduates who took the ACT® test. The workforce services implemented under his direction include the WorkKeys® system and the rapidly growing National Career Readiness Certificate program. Ferguson has also expanded ACTs international presence, from a handful of contracts to a wide range of programs in more than 30 countries.
Dick will be leaving the organization in excellent shape and poised to make even stronger contributions to education and workforce development in the future, said Musick.
ACTs Board of Directors has engaged Spencer Stuart to conduct a nationwide search for a new CEO for ACT.
As participants gathered to celebrate ACTs 50 years of helping people achieve education and workplace success, they agreed that weve come a long way since 1959and we can go much further.
ACTs board of directors, advisory board members, and staff, plus state representatives and distinguished guests, met October 1920 in Iowa City for ACTs 50th annual meeting. Presentations, discussions, and celebrations revolved around the theme of ACT at 50: Celebrating Our Legacy, Embracing Our Future.
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