Kurt M. Landgraf, the 29th president of Maryland’s oldest chartered college, comes to Washington College with a decades-long résumé as a senior executive with DuPont (including serving as Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chairman of DuPont Europe Middle East and Africa, Chairman and CEO of DuPont Pharmaceutical Company and CEO of DuPont Merck Company),
He also enjoyed a 13-year tenure as President and CEO of ETS, one of the world’s leading providers of measurement programs and evaluations for schools, including both the K-12 and higher education communities. During his tenure at ETS, he led its financial turnaround and more than doubled revenue while also vastly expanding the organization’s impact on education. Prior to ETS, Landgraf held senior leadership positions at DuPont, including Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chairman of DuPont Europe Middle East and Africa, Chairman And Chief Executive Officer of the DuPont Pharmaceutical Company, and President and Chief Executive Officer at the DuPont Merck Company.
During his distinguished career, Landgraf has held executive positions in both US and international markets, including sales, marketing, Nnew product planning, and senior level general management positions at ETS, DuPont, DuPont Merck, Upjohn, and Johnson & Johnson.
Landgraf currently serves on the boards of Corning Incorporated and Louisiana-Pacific Corporation. During the last 20 years, he has served on the public sector boards of IKON Office Solutions, NDC Health Care, and AAI Pharmaceuticals. He has chaired the National Pharmaceutical Council, United Way of Delaware, Delaware Care Plan, and Delaware Public Policy Institute. Landgraf also served as president of the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, and was nominated, confirmed, and served as vice chairman of the Higher Education Commission for the State of New Jersey, the state governing body for higher education.
Landgraf earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from Wagner College. He also holds three master’s degrees: an M.A. in Economics from Pennsylvania State University, M.Ed. in Educational Administration from Rutgers University, and an M.S. in Sociology from Western Michigan University. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program, has received four honorary doctorates, and has taught college-level economics, sociology, and labor relations at a range of higher educational institutions in Michigan and New Jersey.
He and his wife, Rita, the former Secretary of the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, have four grown children: Christopher Landgraf, Shawn Landgraf, Mark Landgraf, and Lauren L. Smith, and two granddaughters, twins Layla and Olivia Landgraf.