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Left to Right: CEO Alec Whitters,COO Ben O’Connor,CMO Adam Keune photo courtsey of Silicon Prairie News

Iowa City, IA - Higher Learning Technologies, the award winning creator of four top grossing educational apps, and named by Inc. Magazine as one of the startups to watch in the the Midwest, is pleased to announce that Dr. Richard Ferguson, former CEO of ACT has joined the company’s growing list of investors. Dr. Ferguson will also serve as a key member of HLT’s executive board.

A Rockstar in the Educational Community Joins HLT

Dr. Fergson is recognized throughout the world as a leader and trailblazer in the education and workforce development. Having joined ACT in 1972, he became CEO in 1988, a position that he held until his retirement in 2010. During his time as CEO and Chairman, ACT grew from 150 to more than 1400 employees. That growth reflected ACT’s emergence as the leading college admissions program in the country.

Above: Dr. Richard Ferguson

A Champion of Education Throughout his career, Ferguson has advocated for education through his service on numerous national boards, including the American Council on Education, the American Association of Community Colleges, Scholarship America, the Hunt Institute for Education Policy and Leadership, and the Business Higher Education Forum. The latter a national group of university presidents and corprate CEOs committed to strengthening the nation’s educational and workforce system.

What Does this Mean For HLT

Dr. Ferguson brings vast expertise in education and workforce assessment, effective test preparation strategies, and business acumen to HLT. He is deeply committed to the company’s success by developing its reputation among users for “best in class” applications. His experience and support will help HLT to build on its already explosive growth, which is currently on pace to surpass one million users worldwide.

Contact Information: Higher Learning Technologies 2261 Crosspark Rd TIC Suite 108 Coralville, Iowa, 52241 T: 319-721-8559 Email:

Former CEO of ACT Invests In Iowa Startup  
Former CEO of ACT Invests In Iowa Startup