Dr. Michael T. Nettles

Dr. Michael T. Nettles, is Senior Vice President of the Educational Testing Service’s Policy Evaluation & Research Center, where he oversees ETS’s public policy research program. He is also ETS’s Edmund W. Gordon Chair for Policy Evaluation & Research, a position created by the ETS Board of Trustees in 2004.

His history with ETS dates back to 1984 when he first joined as a Research Scientist. He left ETS in 1989 to assume the position of Vice President for Assessment of the University of Tennessee System. Before returning to ETS in 2003, Dr. Nettles also served for 12 years as a tenured professor of education at the University of Michigan.

He served as the first Executive Director of the Fredrick D. Patterson Research Institute of the United Negro College Fund from 1996 to 1999, where he published the three-volume African American Education Data Book series and Two Decades of Progress—the most comprehensive reference books ever produced about the educational status and condition of African Americans in the United States.

From 1978 to 1984, he worked as Assistant Director for Academic Affairs for the Tennessee Higher Education Commission where his work included academic program review and college and university performance funding. He is a former Trustee of the College Board on which he served on the Executive Committee, and a former member of the National Assessment Governing Board where he served as Vice Chairman.

Dr. Nettles is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Board on Testing and Assessment (BOTA) and the National Advisory Board for the Center for Research on Educational Standards and Testing (CREST) at UCLA.

He received his B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Tennessee, and an M.S. in Higher Education, an M.A. in Political Science and a Ph.D. in Higher Education, all from Iowa State University.





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