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Governing Board


N. Gerry House

Institute for Student Achievement, President; Educational Testing Service, Senior Vice President

N. Gerry House, EdD, is president of the Institute for Student Achievement (ISA), a division of ETS, whose mission is to partner with schools and districts to transform public high schools so that students who are traditionally underserved and underperforming graduate prepared for success in college.

Prior to joining ISA, Dr. House was a teacher, counselor, principal, and assistant superintendent and spent fifteen years as school superintendent in Chapel Hill, NC, and Memphis, TN. In both districts, Dr. House’s leadership resulted in greater equity and excellence for all students.

Dr. House has served on many national and state boards including the Board of Trustees of the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foundation, the Adelphi University Board of Trustees, chair of the Advisory Board for the Harvard Urban Superintendent’s Program, and the AutoZone Board of Directors. She was recognized as the National Superintendent of the Year by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA); awarded the Harold J. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education Award; and presented with the first Alumni Leadership Award by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education. In 2015, Dr. House was recognized by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education as one of “25 Outstanding Women in Higher Education.”

Dr. House holds an EdD degree in education administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MA degree in counseling from Southern Illinois University, and a BA degree in English education from North Carolina A&T State University. She is also the recipient of Honorary Doctor of Humanities degrees from Rhodes College and Lemoyne-Owen College, both in Memphis, TN.

Alliance Connection: As the president of ISA, another Leeds-founded education organization, Dr. House works closely with Gov. Wise and the Alliance. In July 2015, Dr. House and ISA were featured in an Alliance webinar, Reinventing America’s High Schools: SIG-Approved Evidence-Based Whole-School Reform, giving school districts (both SIG-receiving and non–SIG-receiving) an overview of ISA’s model and insight regarding the research-based approach that can turn around persistently low-performing high schools.

Every Child a Graduate. Every Child Prepared for Life.