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“Dr. John Yopp is one of the nation’s most widely respected figures in higher education, a man of significant influence in graduate education, internationalization, and formal standardized testing. He is an ideal person to lead the university’s efforts in the area of educational outreach.”
-- Michael T. Nietzel,
University of Kentucky
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 4, 2004) -- John H. Yopp, a native Kentuckian who has served as vice president for higher education strategic initiatives for Educational Testing Service, has been appointed associate provost for educational partnerships at the University of Kentucky, Provost Michael T. Nietzel announced. The appointment is subject to the approval of the UK Board of Trustees.
Yopp will serve as project director for the Appalachian Math and Science Partnership (AMSP), a $22 million, multi-year UK grant sponsored by the National Science Foundation, and as director of AMSP’s Partnership Institute for Mathematics and Science Reform. In addition, he will administer a variety of special service and demonstration projects involving UK’s consultation, research and service contributions to K-12 education in Kentucky.
“Dr. John Yopp is one of the nation’s most widely respected figures in higher education, a man of significant influence in graduate education, internationalization, and formal standardized testing. He is an ideal person to lead the university’s efforts in the area of educational outreach,” Nietzel said.
Currently senior scholar in residence at the Council of Graduate Schools in Washington, D.C., and visiting senior professor in Southern Illinois University’s Simon Public Policy Institute, Yopp also was a vice president for graduate and professional education at the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, N.J., from 1997 to 2003. From 1986 to 1997, he was associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and research and dean of the graduate school at Southern Illinois University.
A native of Paducah, Yopp, 63, earned his bachelor’s degree cum laude in biology at Georgetown University and his doctorate in biology at the University of Louisville. He was a National Research Council postdoctoral fellow at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration facility in Ames, Calif., from 1969 to 1970.