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TOEFL® Board and Committee of Examiners

Connecting the TOEFL Program to the Education Community Worldwide

ETS has 2 external bodies that connect the TOEFL® Program to the fields of international higher education and English language learning, teaching and testing around the world.


The TOEFL Board advises ETS on the policies under which ETS administers the TOEFL test. Created in 1973, the Board's membership consists of 14 individuals drawn from across the broad field of international higher education. Current TOEFL Board members come from Australia, China, Ecuador, Canada, Scotland, Spain and the United States. They represent secondary schools, as well as 2-year, 4-year and graduate institutions in the public and private sectors. Board members ensure ETS staff are aware of trends in student mobility and the needs of higher education institutions so the TOEFL Program can better serve students and institutions.

2019–20 TOEFL Board

  • Robin Garrell (Chair), University of California, Los Angeles, USA
  • Noreen Golfman, Memorial University, Canada
  • Laura Howard, Universidad de Cádiz, Spain
  • Ross Jennings, Green River College, USA
  • Percy Jiang, Keystone Academy, China
  • Alan Mackay, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Ray Marx, Colegio Americano de Quito, Ecuador
  • Matthew McGann, Amherst College, USA
  • Carmel Murphy, The University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Lia Plakans, The University of Iowa, USA
  • Joanne Romagni, University of Tennessee Chattanooga, USA
  • Anne Rose, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Janet Rutledge, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA
  • Evelyn Thimba, Drexel University, USA

TOEFL Committee of Examiners

The TOEFL Committee of Examiners is a standing committee of the TOEFL Board. The Committee of Examiners is composed of 11 experts in the fields of language teaching, testing and research, and it advises the TOEFL Board and ETS on these matters. These renowned experts:

  • provide insights into trends and developments in the areas of English-language teaching, learning and testing
  • offer advice on test content and research related to the TOEFL test

Current members are from Canada, China, Colombia, Germany, Japan, Norway, Spain and the United States.

2019–20 TOEFL Committee of Examiners

  • Lia Plakans (Chair), The University of Iowa, USA
  • Beverly Baker, University of Ottawa, Canada
  • April Ginther, Purdue University, USA
  • Claudia Harsch, University of Bremen, Germany
  • Lianzhen He, Zhejiang University, China
  • Volker Hegelheimer, Iowa State University, USA
  • Gerriet Janssen, Universidad de los Andes–Colombia, Colombia
  • Lorena Llosa, New York University, USA
  • Carmen Muñoz, The University of Barcelona, Spain
  • Yasuyo Sawaki, Waseda University, Japan
  • Dina Tsagari, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway