University Ambassador named ACT board chair

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Chad Wick, Texas Woman's University Ambassador

Nov. 1, 2017IOWA CITY, Iowa—Texas Woman’s University Ambassador Chad P. Wick has been named chair of the board for ACT, the nonprofit organization known for administering the ACT college entrance exam. He has served on the agency’s board of directors since 2012, most recently in the position of vice chair.

“ACT is in the process of developing many new tools so that students, teachers and parents can assess both academic and social/emotional progress beginning in early elementary school and continuing all the way to their career,” Wick said. “As chair of the ACT board, I hope to further emphasize the importance of ‘equity’ as these tools are developed and utilized so that every student – regardless of background or circumstance – has an opportunity to take advantage of them.”

Wick has long worked to achieve equity and respect for diversity inside and outside education. Prior to joining the ACT Board, Wick founded the KnowledgeWorks Foundation, serving from 1998 to 2016 as its president and CEO, and, currently, as president emeritus. The Foundation, headquartered in Cincinnati, seeks to advance economic opportunity to prepare students for college, work and citizenship.

Wick also led the development of the National College Access Network, based in Washington, D.C., and the Ohio College Access Network, which supports the college aspirations of more than 165,000 students each year and assists in turning neighborhood schools into community learning centers. Wick, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, also has served as president and CEO of RISE Learning Solutions, president of Mayerson Company, and CEO of Southern Ohio Bank.

In addition to Wick’s selection as chair, the ACT added two new members to the board: Jules W. Muis, retired director general and chief internal auditor of the European Commission; and Eduardo J. Padrón, president of Miami Dade College, the largest institution of higher education in the United States.

Wick was named TWU Ambassador in 2014 and is the husband of Texas Woman’s Chancellor and President Carine M. Feyten.

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