Alice Irby earned a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro (UNC-G), and her master's degree from Duke University.
After serving as director of admissions at UNC-G, Ms. Irby joined Education Testing Service (ETS).
She also assisted in establishing the Jobs Corps during the Johnson administration.
In the 1970s, Ms. Irby became vice president for student services at Rutgers University, and then returned to ETS as vice president.
In this capacity, she led eight field offices and oversaw legislative efforts in Washington.
During the 1990s, Ms. Irby founded and was named chief executive officer of ETS's first operational subsidiary, The Chauncey Group International-an organization devoted to developing employment and professional licensing and certification examinations.
Since moving to Pinehurst, North Carolina, Ms. Irby
has focused on higher education and on her
In addition to her consulting work and position on the board of directors at Measured Progress, Ms. Irby served as president of the local branch of the English Speaking Union and now serves as regional chair of the organization.
is active in supporting development at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
alma mater, which in October 2013 honored her
as a "Woman of Distinction.
In 2014, Ms. Irby
was the focus of an article on her
accomplishments and the history of UNCG
in "Our State" (North Caroline) magazine.
She continues to assist in promoting local programs of Phi Beta Kappa, and she serves on the national advisory committee of the STEM-UP PA, a project to advance academic women in selected disciplines at six Pennsylvania colleges.