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MacDonald Picked for E.D. Position

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WASHINGTON--President Bush has nominated John T. MacDonald, commissioner of education in New Hampshire, as the Education Department's assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education.

If the nomination is confirmed by the Senate, Mr. MacDonald will succeed Beryl Dorsett, a Reagan Administration appointee who stepped down earlier this year.

Mr. MacDonald, who is 57, has served as New Hampshire's chief state school officer since 1986.

He previously served as superintendent of schools in Dartmouth, Mass., from 1978 to 1986 and in the same post in Walpole, Mass., from 1973 to 1978.

A graduate of Northeastern University, he also holds a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Connecticut.--p.w.

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