IOWA CITY, Iowa—Charles E. Smith has been named vice president and head of ACT's Washington, D.C. office, effective August 4. The office facilitates relationships with Washington, D.C. based professional associations and government agencies, and provides information to policymakers available through ACT's extensive array of education and workforce assessment programs.
"Charles' outstanding record of public service within educational institutions and government agencies makes him a perfect fit to ACT given our mission of helping people achieve education and workforce success," said Richard Ferguson, CEO and chairman of the board of ACT. "The insights that he has acquired during his rich and varied experience are sure to add positively to ACT's work in the U.S. and around the world."
"Having served as an ACT Board member some years ago, I know firsthand the professional standards and quality leadership that have placed ACT on the cutting edge of educational and workforce assessment in our country," said Smith. "I look forward to participating with ACT's management team and staff in shaping and expanding the role of the Washington, D.C. office in this time of unparalleled challenge and opportunity for the nation."
Smith most recently served two three-year terms as executive director of the National Assessment Governing Board, an organization set up by Congress in 1988 to set policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Smith has served as Chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents and Tennessee Commissioner of Education. His rich background also includes experience as chancellor for two University of Tennessee campuses, vice president over two separate divisions of UT's statewide university administration, and as editor of daily and weekly newspapers in Tennessee. He received his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Tennessee and both his master's degree in English and doctorate in higher education administration from the George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University.
Smith and his wife Shawna Lea have two children and five grandchildren.