Amit Sevak, an educator and entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience in higher education and education technology, has been named the seventh president and chief executive officer of Educational Testing Service (ETS). The headquarters for ETS are in Lawrenceville.
Sevak is the founder and chairman of Mindset Global, a Maryland-based global education investment firm. Previously he was the president and CEO of Europe University in Madrid. He has also been the president and CEO of INTI International University and Colleges in Kuala Lumpur. Before that role, he served as the chief operating officer at the Universidad Tecnológica de México in Mexico City. He has also served as the vice president for Adtalem Global Education in Chicago.
“Amit is a transformational leader — I am excited about the experience and commitment to our mission that he will bring to ETS,” said Jeffrey Sine, chair of the ETS Board of Trustees. “I am confident Amit will be an inspiration to colleagues and customers as the organization moves forward in its work to advance access, quality and equity in education and learning worldwide.”
The ETS Board of Trustees announced the hiring of Sevak on Monday. The leadership change comes at a time when the standardized testing landscape has experienced dramatic changes due to both the pandemic and other factors, such as schools no longer making tests like the SAT mandatory. ETS has had a few rounds of layoffs since the pandemic began.
Sevak will succeed Walt MacDonald, who has served as the president and CEO of ETS since 2014.
“Walt MacDonald has been an incredibly effective leader who has consistently prioritized the mission of ETS to ensure the greatest good for all learners,” Sine said. “He leaves behind a legacy of a 38-year career at ETS, during which time his leadership had an immeasurable impact on so many individuals inside and outside of the ETS family.”
Sevak will begin his new role as head of ETS on June 15.
“I have long believed in the incredible power of learning that is embodied in the mission of ETS,” Sevak said. “ETS enables education opportunities for millions of individuals all over the world, I am honored to join the ETS family in advancing this vital mission.”