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ETS Leadership

Michael Nettles

Michael T. Nettles

Senior Vice President and the Edmund W. Gordon Chair for Policy Evaluation & Research

Nettles has a national reputation as a policy researcher on educational assessment, student performance and achievement, and educational equity. His publications reflect his broad interest in public policy, student and faculty access, opportunity, achievement, and assessment at both the K–12 and postsecondary levels.

In August 2014 President Barack Obama appointed Nettles to the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He was appointed by two U.S. Secretaries of Education to serve on the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB), which oversees and develops policies for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). He also served for eight years on both the College Board of Trustees and the GRE® Board.

Nettles now serves on the Southern Education Foundation (SEF) Board of Trustees, the Board of Trustees of the Peddie School, the Board of Directors of the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO), and the Board of Directors of the Urban League of Middle Tennessee.

Nettles also served on the National Research Council Board on Testing and Assessment (BOTA), the Joint Advisory Board for Education Research Centers in the state of Texas; the Board of the Center for Enrollment Research, Policy, and Practice (CERPP) at the University of Southern California; the National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment (NCIEA), Inc.; and the International Advisory Panel on Assessment (IAP) for the Human Science Research Council of the Republic of South Africa.

A native of Nashville, Tenn., Nettles earned his bachelor's degree in political science at the University of Tennessee. He went on to receive master's degrees in political science and higher education, and a Ph.D. in education at Iowa State University.

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