Dr. Thomas R. Rochon became president of ERB in 2017. His previous career in higher education included faculty appointments at Princeton University and Claremont Graduate University, a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University, and a year as Fulbright Scholar in Japan. Administratively, Dr. Rochon has served as dean and provost at Claremont Graduate University, as provost at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota and as president of Ithaca College in New York. During the 1980s and 1990s Dr. Rochon was a regular speaker on European political trends for foreign service officers in the U.S. Department of State. Within the world of educational assessment, Dr. Rochon has served as executive director of the GRE testing program at the Educational Testing Service. While there he oversaw the addition of Analytical Writing to GRE’s General Test. He also increased test access and fairness by developing a program of free test prep distribution and expanding fee waiver programs for students from underrepresented groups. Dr. Rochon’s scholarly books and articles include Mobilizing for Peace: The Antinuclear Movements in Western Europe (Princeton University Press, 1988) and Culture Moves: Ideas, Activism and Changing Values (Princeton University Press, 1998). He received his bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees all in political science from the University of Michigan.
A Message from the President
ERB’s President, Tom Rochon, will kick off the day’s sessions with observations on how advances in data science are making assessment data more valuable than ever in helping educators understand students as learners and schools as learning environments.