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The executive leadership of the American Association of School Administrators is changing hands for the first time since 1971. The group has selected its deputy executive director, Richard D. Miller, to replace Paul B. Salmon, who announced last May that he would retire this year.

Mr. Miller, 56, has been a teacher, principal, superintendent of schools, member of the Indiana State Board of Education, and past president of the aasa He joined the staff as deputy director in 1983. aasa offi-cials declined last week to discuss the new executive director's salary; a promotional brochure announcing the position had noted that $100,000 would be the midpoint of the salary range.


State Superintendent of Schools Roy Truby of West Virginia surprised his board this month by announcing his intention to step down in August "for purely personal reasons." The 45-year-old Mr. Truby, who has held the chief's job since July 1979, was applauded by the board, which voted "with deepest regret" to accept the resignation. Prior to coming to West Virginia, Mr. Truby had been state chief in Idaho.

"I don't know if West Virginia has been good to Dr. Truby, but I know he's been good to West Virginia," Paul Morris, a member of the board, told reporters after the announcement.


The Cleveland Board of Education has approved the appointment of Alfred Tutela as interim superintendent of schools. Mr. Tutela was a special assistant to Superintendent Frederick D. Holliday, who committed suicide in one of the district's schools last month. Deputy Superintendent of Schools Seymour Freedman had been serving as acting superintendent since Mr. Holliday's death.

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