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Janet Godwin Confirmed as ACT CEO


IOWA CITY, Iowa—ACT, the nonprofit learning organization and provider of college and career readiness assessments, today named Interim Chief Executive Officer Janet Godwin as its CEO. Godwin was appointed as interim CEO in May.

“The ACT Board of Directors is proud to name Janet as our CEO,” said Dan Domenech, ACT chairman of the board and executive director of the American Association of School Administrators. “In a very short time and amidst a global pandemic that has dealt many challenges to education and learning, Janet has shown clear vision, strong leadership and a deep-seated passion for the ACT mission to level the playing field, providing equitable opportunities for learners to find success in college and career. We are confident in her vast experience and ability to strategically and successfully lead ACT.”

Godwin is a 30-year veteran of ACT, previously serving as chief operating officer for ACT before her appointment to interim CEO. Prior to that, Godwin served in leadership roles across the organization, working in test development, research, information technology and operations.

“I’m honored and excited to lead ACT through its transformation to support all students at every stage of their learning journey,” said Godwin. “Now more than ever, ACT has a responsibility to fight for fairness in education and to provide learning, navigation and assessment services that will help learners and educators alike make informed decisions on their paths to success. This is critical and urgent work, and I look forward to developing strong partnerships with educators and workforce professionals to create solutions that improve outcomes for all learners.”

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ACT is a mission-driven, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success. Headquartered in Iowa City, Iowa, ACT is trusted as a national leader in college and career readiness, providing high-quality assessments grounded in over 60 years of research. ACT offers a uniquely integrated set of solutions designed to provide personalized insights that help individuals succeed from elementary school through career. 

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