Rutgers–Camden Finest

Rutgers–Camden Finest is an assembly of graduates whose lives and careers have made an indelible mark upon society and the advancement of knowledge.


Walter B. MacDonald
CCAS’74
President and CEO, Educational Testing Service

Even before earning the top position at Educational Testing Service, Walt MacDonald had decades of experience shaping the tests intended to measure educational performances of students and schools with the ultimate goal of improving education around the world.

MacDonald has been with the world's largest nonprofit educational research and assessment organization since 1984.  He took over the top spot in 2014, as the sixth president and CEO of ETS.

His duties have included redesigning the biology curriculum and exam for the Advanced Placement program, which schools use to teach college-level material to high school students, who are often eligible for college credits for their work.  ETS develops and administers the program for the College Board, a separate entity that is the largest client of ETS.

MacDonald also directed the development of the National Assessment of Educational Progress, a test given across the country, which is used to compare the effectiveness of states' educational performance.  The test is known as "the nation's report card."

Other offerings from the organization include exams to measure how well native-speakers of other languages are learning English, the GRE, an entry exam used by many graduate schools, the Praxis exam for teachers, and the College Board’s SAT, widely used by college admissions offices.  In all, ETS develops, administers, and scores more than 50 million tests around the world each year.

In 2009, MacDonald was appointed executive vice president and took on more responsibilities when chief operating officer was added to his title in 2010.  As COO, he oversaw all of the company's business and operational divisions.

Before earning a bachelor's degree in biology at Rutgers University–Camden, he received an associate degree from Camden County College.  He later earned a doctorate in ecology at Rutgers University–New Brunswick and completed the advanced management program at Harvard Business School.

MacDonald says it is a priority to improve educational quality and access for all learners regardless of their circumstances.

"The work of all of us at ETS is focused on improving teaching and learning, expanding opportunity for all individuals, and informing education and policy," he said when he became the firm's CEO.  "This is how we’ll help individuals and society and achieve our mission."