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Richard L. Ferguson

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Richard L. Ferguson

  • Visionary leadership
  • Strategic planning
  • Senior executive development
  • Corporate growth and expansion
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Program and product development

Since September 1988, Dr. Ferguson has been President of ACT, Inc. In this capacity he provides leadership in defining and pursuing ACT's organizational goals and supervises ACT's senior managers. As ACT's chief executive officer, he is empowered to respond on ACT's behalf to ensure that the corporation meets all of its obligations. Dr. Ferguson joined ACT in 1972 and has subsequently held a series of progressively responsible positions including: Director of Test Development; Vice President of Research and Development; Senior Vice President, Programs; and Executive Vice President.

During his years at ACT, the organization has grown from approximately 100 staff and a single program, the ACT Assessment, to nearly 1000 staff and over 100 programs and services. Under his leadership, ACT is currently engaged in the most extensive development agenda in its history, with major new efforts underway that will enable ACT to continue and expand its role in support of the nation's educational enterprise well into the next century.

Throughout his career, Dr. Ferguson has written and spoken nationally on a broad cross-section of issues related to educational testing and measurement. He has served on numerous advisory boards on education and testing and is a frequent speaker at educational meetings in the U.S. and abroad.

From 1975 to the present, he has been affiliated with the University of Iowa Psychological and Quantitative Foundations Department in the College of Education, teaching graduate-level courses in testing and also sits on thesis committees.

As Research Associate at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Ferguson directed the National Science Foundation project on the use of computers in providing individualized education to students. Prior to that, as Lecturer in the Department of Educational Research, he taught graduate-level courses in educational statistics and research design and advised doctoral students engaged in thesis work.


  • BS in Mathematics, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • MA in Mathematics, Western Michigan University
  • PhD in Educational Research, University of Pittsburgh

Professional Memberships/Credentials

American Association of Higher Education
American Educational Research Association
American Management Association
American Psychological Association
National Alliance of Business
National Council on Measurement in Education
Phi Delta Kappa

Corporate Boards

In addition to his role as an ex officio member of the Board of Trustees of ACT, Inc., he also serves as a Director of CollegeNET, Inc., a technology corporation based in Portland, Oregon engaged in electronic services for higher education institutions.

Other Professional Activities

Has conducted and published research on various issues related to educational testing and measurement and has served as principal investigator in several research and development projects. Frequent speaker at educational meetings in the U.S. and abroad. Served on various advisory boards including U.S. Department of Defense Advisory Committee. Member of the Higher Education Secretariat of the American Council on Education.


He received the 1997 Distinguished Alumni Fellows Award from the University of Pittsburgh, and the 1996 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the School of Education, University of Pittsburgh.

Meetings Attended:

Commission Meeting -- June 4-5, 2001