Gaston Caperton is president of the College Board, a not-for-profit membership association founded in 1900 and made up of more than 5,700 educational institutions. Under his leadership, the College Board has grown to become a leading advocacy organization dedicated to excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT® and the Advanced Placement Program®. In addition, the College Board’s Advocacy & Policy Center serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools. Caperton served as governor of West Virginia from 1989 through 1997, and was appointed to his current position in 1999. Gov. Caperton was a fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and executive director of Columbia University’s Institute on Education & Government at Teachers College. In recognition for his lifetime of leadership on education issues, Caperton has received numerous awards and 10 honorary degrees.