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NANCY COLE NAMED PRESIDENT-ELECT FOR ETS

 PRINCETON, N.J., June 11 /PRNewswire/ -- A nationally known educator and test fairness expert was named today by the Board of Trustees of Educational Testing Service (ETS) to be its next president.
 Nancy Cole, the current ETS executive vice president, will take office when Gregory Anrig retires from the presidency at the end of December 1993.
 ETS is the world's largest private educational measurement institution. The non-profit organization develops and administers such well-known tests as the SAT, GRE and the Graduate Management Admission Test, as well as conducting research for the "Nation's Report Card," the state-by-state assessments, and international comparisons of educational achievement.
 Cole as been executive vice president of ETS since 1989, when she left the position of dean of the College of Education at the University of Illinois. Her record as a scholar and policy advisor in the field of assessment was recognized in 1988 by her election as president of the American Educational Research Association. During her years at ETS, Cole has led the organization in developing new means of assessment, such as computerized testing, evaluating beginning teachers directly in their classrooms and developing assessments that assist students and teachers to improve learning.
 In accepting the appointment, Cole said, "ETS has a responsibility to the nation to develop credible and fair testing that contributes constructively to the educational process as a whole. Carefully developed tests signal high standards for learning and can be used as a powerful aid to student achievement. I am committed to helping ETS live up to this important responsibility."
 The selection of Dr. Cole ended a national seven-month search in which there were almost 1,200 candidates, including college and university presidents, chief state school officers, superintendents of city school systems, as well as business and political leaders concerned with education.
 "The Board was seeking a person with a breadth of vision of the significant new forms of assessments in teaching and learning and who understood the complex and difficult issues facing American schools," said Paula Brownlee, chair of the ETS Board of Trustees and president of the Association of American Colleges. "Nancy Cole brings a vitality of outlook and a commitment to working with ETS's clients in improving learning for every level of society."
 The Search Committee was chaired by Harold Howe II, a senior lecturer at Harvard University and former U.S. commissioner of Education. Howe said, "Our committee found in Nancy Cole a deep commitment to quality and fairness in the assessment of educational performance and a recognition of the need to enhance those elements in today's testing practices. She has a leadership style that builds on enlisting colleagues in thoughtful change and a sense of both the limits and the potential of tests as sources of educational improvement. Nancy Cole is widely respected as a person of integrity and good judgment in the turmoil of educational change that characterizes both schooling and higher education in the United States. We think she is the right person to lead ETS. We believe she will build upon the initiatives that have made Gregory Anrig one of the country's most respected educators."
 Anrig told the Board of Trustees, "Nancy Cole is a superb appointment for the exciting times that lie ahead for education and for ETS. The challenge in the next decade is to make the national education goals and new educational standards achievable for all American students. ETS's new president is deeply committed to this change. She is uniquely prepared to lead ETS because of her thoughtful and creative work in measurement, her knowledge of ETS from the outside, and her four years as its highly effective vice president."
 When she assumes the duties in January 1994, Cole will be the fourth president in the 46-year history of ETS. Henry Chauncey was president from 1947 to 1970, William Turnbull from 1970 to 1981, and Anrig from 1981 to 1993.
 Before serving as dean of the College of Education at the University of Illinois, Cole was professor and associate dean at the University of Pittsburgh's School of Education. From 1965 to 1975, she worked at the American College Testing Program (ACT) in Iowa City, Iowa. She holds Ph.D. and master's degrees in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an undergraduate degree from Rice University in Houston.
 In addition to Brownlee and Howe, the members of the ETS Presidential Search Committee were: Robert L. Albright, president, Johnson C. Smith University; Alan K. Campbell, visiting executive professor, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; Norman C. Francis, president, Xavier University of Louisiana; Judith E. Lanier, president, Michigan Partnership for New Education; Manuel T. Pacheco, president, University of Arizona; and Daniel Yankelovich, chair, DYG, Incorporated.
 ETS, with headquarters in the Princeton area, annually administers more than 9 million tests in the United States and more than 170 countries.
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