Mark Elgart is president and CEO of Cognia (formerly AdvancED), a non-profit serving nearly 40,000 public and private institutions in over 70 countries delivering a range of services including accreditation, student assessments, consulting, and professional learning offerings. Elgart is responsible for executive leadership of the organization and has successfully facilitated six non-profit mergers and acquisitions since 2003. His prior experience includes executive director of the Commission on Secondary and Middle Schools (SACS); administration positions at both the high school and middle school level in New Hampshire; and teaching middle and high school mathematics and physics in Massachusetts. A previous national advisor to Learning Forward, Elgart also serves on the board of Knowledge Alliance and is president of The Standard Club. He is author of numerous papers and keynote presentations. Elgart received a B.S. in mathematics from Springfield College; an M.Ed. in educational administration and supervision from Westfield State College; and an Ed.D. in leadership in schooling from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.