Kurt M. Landgraf, a former corporate executive with deep experience in financial accountability, information technology, and integrated business strategies, was named President-elect of Washington College in May of 2017; he took office July 1.
Landgraf came to Washington College with a decades-long résumé as a senior executive with DuPont and a 13-year tenure as President and CEO of Educational Testing Service (ETS), the world’s largest private educational testing and measurement organization and a leader in educational research. During his tenure at ETS, Landgraf led the financial turnaround of the organization from near-bankruptcy to create a $1.6 billion global, technology-based concern.
He previously 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.
Landgraf also served as vice chairman of New Jersey’s Higher Education Commission, the state’s governing board for colleges and universities, and president of the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science.
Born in Newark, New Jersey, Landgraf earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from Wagner College, a small liberal arts college on Staten Island, and then launched his business career in the pharmaceuticals industry. He went on to earn three master’s degrees: an M.A. in economics from Pennsylvania State University, an 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 institutions.
Landgraf serves on the boards of Corning Incorporated, Louisiana-Pacific Corporation, Educational Testing Service, and Kent School. He has previously chaired the National Pharmaceutical Council, United Way of Delaware, Delaware Care Plan, and Delaware Public Policy Institute.
His wife, Rita M. Landgraf, is the former secretary of the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, teaches in University of Delaware’s College of Health Services. He has four grown children – Christopher, Shawn, Mark, and Lauren – and two granddaughters, twins Layla and Olivia.