The Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomes Kurt Landgraf, President and CEO of Educational Testing Service (ETS), as the Thursday, September 4, Monthly Membership Luncheon speaker.
The meeting will take place at the Marriott Princeton Hotel and Conference Center at Forrestal, 100 College Road East, Princeton, beginning with a networking reception at 11:30 a.m. followed by a buffet luncheon, Mr. Landgraf’s presentation, and will conclude at 1:30 p.m.
Cost to attend is $35 for Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce members and $45 for non-members and day of event registrations. Reservations in advance are required and can be made at www.princetonchamber.org or by calling 609-924-1776.
ETS is a nonprofit institution whose mission is to advance quality and equity in education by providing fair and valid assessments, research, and related services for all people worldwide. Founded in 1947, ETS today develops, administers, and scores more than 50 million tests annually, in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide.
As president and CEO, Mr. Landgraf has overseen ETS’s entrance into the K-12 market, expanded its international business, broadened its education research activities and increased the company’s role in education reform. Mr. Landgraf began his career at ETS more than 30 years ago when he served as Associate Director of Marketing. Before returning to ETS in 2000, he was Chairman and CEO of the DuPont Pharmaceuticals Company, having previously held leadership positions at DuPont and the Upjohn Company.
Besides strengthening ETS’s business and research initiatives, Landgraf has nurtured the company’s social mission. In its ongoing efforts to help close the academic achievement gap between affluent and disadvantaged students, under Landgraf’s leadership ETS has strengthened ties to and collaborated with Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the National Urban League, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, the ASPIRA Association and Native American education groups.
Landgraf is a member of the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education, a post to which he was appointed by former Gov. Richard Codey, and of the Washington Higher Education Secretariat. He also is a member of the board of directors of Louisiana-Pacific Corporation, IKON Office Solutions, Inc., and Corning, Inc.
He has chaired the National Pharmaceutical Council, United Way of Delaware, the Delaware Association for Rights of Citizens with Mental Retardation, and Delaware CarePlan. He recently completed a term as President of the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Sciences, Inc.
Landgraf has also led the establishment of innovative company programs to assist local New Jersey communities and service groups and improve education. These include the ETS-Trenton Community Partnership, which aims to improve student and teacher performance in the Trenton public school system by bringing to bear ETS’s resources, including research-based instructional tools and tactics on curriculum and student needs. ETS also works with the school system and the community to help build a school culture that fosters motivation and learning.
Landgraf earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from Wagner College. He also holds three master’s degrees: an M.Ed. from Rutgers University, an M.A. in economics from Pennsylvania State University and an M.S. in sociology from Western Michigan University. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program, and has received four honorary doctorates.
In addition to the work he has done in the corporate world, Landgraf has taught college-level economics, sociology and labor relations at institutions throughout the United States.
ETS’s mission is to advance quality and equity in education by providing fair and valid assessments, research and related services for all people worldwide. In serving individuals, educational institutions and government agencies around the world, ETS customizes solutions to meet the need for teacher professional development products and services, classroom and end-of-course assessments, and research-based teaching and learning tools. Founded in 1947, ETS today develops, administers and scores almost 50 million tests annually in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide.