Kellye Y. Testy is the president and chief executive officer of the Law School Admission Council, a 350-employee not-for-profit organization that serves as the leading assessment, data, and technology hub for law schools and their candidates in the United States, Canada, and throughout the world. Under her leadership, LSAC is committed to working collaboratively with its members, colleges and universities, leading organizations in legal education, business leaders, and, most importantly, potential law school candidates to build a more just and prosperous world. Named the nation's second most influential leader in legal education in 2017, Testy joined LSAC after leading the University of Washington School of Law for eight years as the school’s 14th dean and the first woman to hold that post. During her tenure, the school hired a new generation of outstanding faculty, established the endowed Toni Rembe deanship, launched both the Barer and the Gregoire Fellows programs, and secured the largest gift in the school’s history, a $56 million bequest from alumnus Jack MacDonald for student scholarships and faculty and program support. Testy also served as a professor and dean of Seattle University School of Law, where she founded several key programs, including the Access to Justice Institute and the Korematsu Center for Law and Equality. Known throughout academic and legal communities for her dedication to the rule of law and its commitment to justice and equality, Testy served as president of the Association of American Law Schools in 2016, with the presidential theme "Why Law Matters," to focus on how the law plays a critical role in setting the foundation for justice and human prosperity. She also served on the Executive Committee of AALS from 2013–2017, co-chaired the AALS Section for the Law School Dean, and served on the Committee on Recruitment and Retention of Minority Law Teachers and Students. In addition to her work with the AALS, Testy is a member of the American Law Institute and has served on the Board of Governors of the Society of American Law Teachers, as well as on several committees and initiatives of the ABA Section on Legal Education. She currently serves on the boards of the Washington Law Institute, a leadership development program designed to promote diversity in the legal profession, and LSSSE, a research institute focused on understanding legal education from the student perspective. She is a nationally sought-after speaker and consultant on legal and higher education, leadership, diversity and access, and corporate law and governance. Testy has received numerous honors and awards for her teaching, leadership, and service, including, most recently, the CLEO EDGE Award for Greater Equality and the MAMA Seattle 2018 Betty Binns Fletcher Leadership and Justice Award. Testy is a first-generation college graduate who is proud to have obtained both her undergraduate degree in journalism and her law degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, her hometown. She graduated summa cum laude from Indiana University Maurer School of Law—Bloomington, where she was editor-in-chief of the Indiana Law Journal. During law school, she worked for Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago and Ice Miller Donadio and Ryan in Indianapolis. After graduating, she clerked for Judge Jesse E. Eschbach, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Administrative Director for the Office of the President