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ACT Names Higher Education Leader Ricardo D. Torres to Board of Directors

Torres brings decades of experience to ACT’s board of improving higher education access

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Today ACT, the nonprofit learning organization and provider of college and career readiness assessments, announced the appointment of Ricardo D. Torres to its board of directors. Torres will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience leading efforts to make education and training after high school more equitable, accessible, and successful for all learners.

“The entire team at ACT is excited to welcome a field leader like Rick to the board,” ACT CEO Janet Godwin said. “He has dedicated his career to actively pursuing the kinds of policies, practices, and mindsets that open doors and create more equitable opportunities for all students. His work aligns with ACT’s mission to help all people achieve education and workplace success, and we are honored that he will advise us as we continue our efforts to support learners and their champions.”

Torres, who is president and CEO of the National Student Clearinghouse, will serve a three-year term. He joined the Clearinghouse as its president and CEO in 2008. Under his leadership, the Clearinghouse has continued to successfully extend its mission delivery of access-driven service to education, providing accessible innovative technology-based services and data exchange solutions that enable education institutions and organizations to focus on being engines that maximize human potential development. Torres has served on the board of Brightpoint Community College, formerly John Tyler Community College, for 20 years, and he has served on the board of Achieving the Dream since 2021. Prior to joining the Clearinghouse, he had a long and distinguished career in the private sector, both in the U.S. and abroad, including serving as COO at BestPractices, a nationally recognized provider of emergency medicine and physician practice management, and Capital One, a financial services company. Torres has also held management positions in leading organizations such as PepsiCo and Philip Morris/Kraft Foods (now known as Altria Group). His diverse background includes financial and strategic planning, marketing and sales, general management, and executive leadership.


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