MacDonald appointed to head ETS
By Kwon Ji-youn
Walt MacDonald, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Educational Testing Service (ETS), was named president and CEO of the organization, ETS said in a statement.
He will succeed Kurt Landgraf on Jan. 1, 2014.
“I am incredibly honored by the board’s decision and the confidence it has placed in me,” MacDonald said in a statement.
MacDonald, who has spent most of his professional life at ETS, said he will continue in his efforts to help improve teaching and learning for people around the world.
He has been recognized for his leadership in the growth of large-scale assessments including the Common Core projects, which helped ETS dive into new markets.
The ETS, a non-profit organization headquartered in New Jersey, develops TOEFL, TOEIC, GRE and other standardized tests in the U.S. for entry into higher-level institutions.
Outgoing president Landgraf described MacDonald as intellectual, creative and passionate.
“I could not be more delighted by this appointment, and I congratulate the Board of Trustees for its judgment, and Walt for his success,” he said.