Gaston Caperton was elected as governor of West Virginia and served from 1989 until 1997. During his two terms, he emphasized that education was his first priority.

Being dyslexic himself, Caperton was particularly concerned with equal education practices for students with disabilities. He supported a school-building program that led to $800 million in investments in schools that included renovations as well as technological advancements.

After he completed his term, he became the President and CEO of the College Board, the organization responsible for administering the SAT College admissions exam. In this position, he was also concerned with equal opportunities for students with learning disabilities. He strove to ensure that the exams given by the College Board gave necessary accommodations to students with disabilities, including allowing students to type essays on a computer rather than having to hand-write them.

To read more about Caperton’s career, visit LifeChums [1]. To learn more about Caperton’s views on standardized testing practices, check out this interview he gave to the New York Times [2].

Gaston Caperton was elected as governor of West Virginia and served from 1989 until 1997. During his two terms, he emphasized that education was his first priority.