IOWA CITY, Iowa—ACT, Inc. has promoted Jon Erickson to president of its Education Division. The promotion took effect on Oct. 17, 2011. Erickson was serving previously as interim president of the division.
Erickson, who has been with ACT for more than 25 years, has played a key role in the organization’s growth and success since assuming a leadership role in 2002.
The number of students who have benefited from ACT’s three major educational assessments—EXPLORE, PLAN, and the ACT—has nearly doubled since 2002, with the ACT becoming the nation’s leading college readiness assessment by many measures.
In addition, during this period the organization has seen new and expanded use of the ACT exam as a statewide 11th grade college and career readiness measure in states such as Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, and, most recently, North Carolina.
“Jon’s vast experience in education and passion for ACT’s mission to help people achieve education and workplace success make him eminently qualified for this position,” said Jon Whitmore, ACT’s chief executive officer. “I’m confident that he will lead our Education Division to even greater achievements in the future as we continue to build out ACT’s integrated offerings to support people who are at important turning points in their lives.”
Erickson started out in the organization’s Midwest regional office in 1984, eventually rising to head that office. In 2002, he moved to Iowa City to become ACT’s vice president of educational services, and he was later promoted to senior vice president in that area.
“ACT has an incredibly talented staff of team members who work extremely hard to deliver the highest quality educational programs and services,” said Erickson. “With ACT’s data-driven, best-in-class data resources, we can help students benefit from highly reliable and validated assessments along with informed insights and guidance. I feel lucky to be a part of such a great organization, and I’m eager to help lead it forward as we endeavor to create innovative and exciting new solutions in the future.”
Erickson replaces Cynthia B. Schmeiser, who retired from the position earlier this year.