Gaston Caperton, a former two-term governor of West Virginia, is the eighth president of the College Board, a not-for-profit membership association founded in 1900 that consists of 5,000 of the nation's leading schools, colleges, and universities. Among its best-known programs are the Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) and the SAT®.
Since his appointment in 1999, Caperton has transformed the College Board into a resolutely mission-driven, values-oriented organization that takes bold steps to connect greater numbers of students to college success and opportunity while raising educational standards. In his successful effort to expand equity within programs that foster academic excellence, he has more than doubled the size of the College Board's staff, modernized its management structure, and established collegeboard.com, the nation's predominant comprehensive Web site serving nearly 4 million students a year as they plan their paths to college.
Question: What do you do to keep your employees motivated?
Caperton: Part of being an employee at the College Board is having the availability of many courses and classes that students can take in many different venues. So, continuous education is very much a part of what people do at the College Board, and it’s always been in every job I’ve ever had, it’s always been a focus on, from my perspective as a leader, that people have to be continuous learners. It was when I was governor, it is now at the College Board, and it was when I was in business.