Obama Appoints Key Administration Role

President Barack Obama has appointed Dr. Michael Nettles to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans.

Nettles previously served as senior vice president and Edmund W. Gordon Chair of the Policy Evaluation and Research Center at Educational Testing Service (ETS).

“I am grateful for the opportunity that the president is giving me to collaborate with other leaders, scholars and the general public,” commented Nettles on the appointment.

Nettles has served as a professor of education at the University of Michigan and as the first executive director of the Fredrick D. Patterson Research Institute of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF).

He has a passion for education and is passionate about educational opportunities for African Americans. “In the 60 years since the Brown v Board of Education decisions, African American students continue to lack equal access to a high-quality education and still lag far behind their White peers in reading and math proficiency, high school graduation rates, and college completion,” Nettles said.

Thus, Obama has commissioned Nettles along with six others to the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans.

Nettles received a B.A. from the University of Tennessee, and an M.A., M.S. and Ph.D. from Iowa State University, Black Enterprise reports.