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N. Gerry House

Governing Board Secretary, Former President, Institute for Student Achievement

N. Gerry House is former president of the Institute for Student Achievement (ISA), a division of Educational Testing Services (ETS), and senior vice president at ETS. ISA is a nationally known organization with a research and evidence-based model and partners with schools and districts to transform low-performing high schools into academically rigorous and personalized schools that enable underachieving students to graduate prepared for success in college and careers.

Dr. House was a school superintendent in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and Memphis, Tennessee, for 15 years. In both districts, she initiated a number of innovative and successful reforms that resulted in higher academic achievement and greater community advocacy and support for excellent and equitable schools. Her work has been recognized in Peter Senge’s Schools That Learn: A Fifth Discipline Fieldbook for Educators, Parents, and Everyone Who Cares about Education; Phillip Schlechty’s Inventing Better Schools; and Rosabeth Moss Kanter’s Confidence.

Dr. House has served on many boards and commissions, including the Learning Policy Institute Board of Directors; High Meadows Graduate School of Teaching and Learning Board of Directors; ETS Board of Directors (chairperson, 2002–2005); the Harvard Urban Superintendents’ Program Advisory Board (chairperson); Woodrow Wilson Foundation (now Institute for Citizens and Scholars) Board of Directors; and the Adelphi University Trustee Board.

She was named AASA National Superintendent of the Year and the Tennessee Superintendent of the Year and was the first recipient of the Alumni Leadership Award from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education. She also is the recipient of the Harold J. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education.