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Memoir

Frank B. Womer
Regent's Proceedings 970

Frank B Womer, Professor of Education, will retire from active faculty status on December 31, 1986, following 30 years of service to The University of Michigan.

Professor Womer received his B.A. and B.Ed. degrees in 1948 from the University of Colorado and his A.M. and Ph.D. degrees in 1951 and 1956, respectively, from The University of Michigan. He joined the faculty of The University of Michigan as an assistant professor of education in 1956, was promoted to associate professor in 1962, and to professor in 1967. During his tenure at The University of Michigan, Professor Womer's research in the field of tests and measurements resulted in over 60 publications. In addition to his research and professorial responsibilities, he served first as consultant to and later as director of the Michigan School Testing Conference in the Bureau of Accreditation and School Improvement Studies (formerly the Bureau of School Services) at The University of Michigan. In 1961 he founded the Michigan School Testing Conference and has served as its director continuously since that time. His extensive consulting activities included membership on the Detroit Monitoring Commission, established following the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Bradley vs. Milliken, and service as the principal consultant to the Michigan Department of Education in the early 1970s during the development of the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP). On the international level, he served as a UNESCO consultant in Indonesia in 1972 and as a US/AID performance test development specialist in Jamaica in 1981.

Professor Womer took a leave of absence from 1967-71 when he was named director of the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP). His reputation in the measurement field and his accomplishments as director of NAEP led to his election as president of the National Council on Measurement in Education in 1968-69 and president of the Association for Measurement and Evaluation in Guidance in 1973-74. From 1975-78 he was a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the American Personnel and Guidance Association (now the American Association of Counseling and Development). In 1981, the National Council on Measurement in Education named Professor Womer as the first editor of its journal, Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, a title he held until 1985. Most recently, he was appointed to membership on the College Board's prestigious Scholastic Aptitude Test Committee in 1985.

The Regents now salute Frank B. Womer for his outstanding accomplishments and exemplary career at The University of Michigan by naming him Professor Emeritus of Education.