ACT Chief Executive Officer Jon Whitmore has announced that he will retire next year after five years with the organization. His official retirement date will be August 31, 2015, which is the end of ACT’s fiscal year.
ACT’s Board of Directors will launch a global search for Whitmore’s successor in the weeks ahead.
Whitmore came to ACT in 2010 from San Jose State University, where he served as president. He previously held leadership positions at Texas Tech University, the University of Iowa and the University of Texas, among other institutions.
“It has been the highest privilege of my working life to be allowed the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of E.F. Lindquist and the likes of Oluf Davidsen and Dick Ferguson to serve as ACT’s CEO,” said Whitmore. “The commitment and passion of all the ACT team members to improve the lives of individuals on a daily basis has made this quite an incredible journey.”
Over the past four years, ACT has expanded its reach, launching new programs such as the ACT Aspire™ system and developing new capabilities such as digital delivery of the ACT® college readiness assessment. The organization recently took a major step forward in the technology realm by acquiring Pacific Metrics, a leading provider of education technology solutions. In addition, participation in ACT programs has grown, with the ACT becoming the nation’s top college admission exam in 2012.
“In his stellar leadership of our company these past four years, Jon has dramatically improved ACT’s standing in the ever-changing assessment industry as our country embraces an era of new standards and new measures of accountability for K-12, higher education and the workforce,” said Carl A. Cohn, professor and co-director of Urban School Leadership at Claremont Graduate University and chairman of ACT’s Board of Directors.
Upon retirement, Whitmore intends to get back to his roots as an academic, creative artist and outdoor enthusiast.