Everyone at the Alliance has one goal,
to make every child a graduate.
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Governing Board

N. Gerry House

Institute for Student Achievement, Former President

N. Gerry House, EdD, is former president of the Institute for Student Achievement (ISA), a division of Educational Testing Services (ETS), and senior vice president at ETS. She is currently a senior fellow at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. ISA, a nationally-known organization, with a research and evidence-based model, 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 a career.

A school superintendent for fifteen years in Memphis, TN, and Chapel Hill, NC, Dr. House holds a doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In both districts, Dr. House initiated several 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 Confidence by Rosabeth Moss Kanter.

Dr. House has served on many boards and commissions, including the board of directors of ETS (chair, 2002–05); chair of the advisory board for the Harvard Urban Superintendents’ Program; Woodrow Wilson Foundation’s board of directors; and the Adelphi University trustee board. She was named AASA National Superintendent of the Year (1999) and Tennessee Superintendent of the Year and was the first recipient of the Alumni Leadership Award from the UNC–Chapel Hill School of Education. She also is recipient of the Harold J. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education.


Every Child a Graduate. Every Child Prepared for Life.