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Alumni Richard Ferguson and Namgi Park Awarded with the University's 225th Anniversary Medallion

Published on 10/8/2013 6:00:00 AM

Alumni Richard Ferguson and Namgi Park recently received the University of Pittsburgh’s 225th Anniversary Medallion. As part of the University's recent 225th celebration efforts, the Chancellor commissioned a medallion to recognize some of the alumni who have contributed to Pitt’s international reputation.

Richard Ferguson is the recently retired chief executive officer and chair of higher education holdings and an adjunct professor in the University of Iowa’s Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations, a position he has held since 1975. He earned his doctor of philosophy degree in educational research from the School of Education in 1969.

Previously, Ferguson held teaching appointments at Pitt, teaching statistics and research design and directing a National Science Foundation project studying individualized education. In 1972, he joined ACT, Inc., where he would craft an exemplary career lasting nearly 40 years. Holding progressively responsible positions at ACT, Ferguson retired as chief executive officer and chair in 2010.

Ferguson’s impact on education and testing extends beyond the office and the classroom, having presented across the nation and around the world and contributed to myriad advisory boards. He has served on the boards of directors of the American Council on Education, Scholarship America, the Hunt Policy Institute, the Business Higher Education Forum, as well as numerous civic organizations such as United Way.


Namgi Park and Chancellor Mark Nordenberg.


Namgi Park is the former president of Gwangju National University of Education in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. He became president of the National University of Education in October 2008. Previously, he was a professor at the university. Park has also served as a visiting scholar for the Institute for International Studies in Education at the University of Pittsburgh and as a consultant to the Ministry of Education, Republic of Korea. While at the ministry, he directed many projects and worked with a team of international researchers on a faculty evaluation and tenure system project and developed strategies for the globalization of Korean higher education.

Park has written numerous journal articles, book chapters, and co-authored Korean Higher Education: Tradition and Adaptation with John C. Weidman, II. He holds a PhD degree in international and developmental education from the Department of Administrative and Policy Studies at the School of Education.
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