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Herbert Cole, the superintendent of the Bakersfield, Calif., schools, has been tapped as the new superintendent of the troubled Richmond, Calif., school district.

The selection of Mr. Cole, who was the only white candidate among the three finalists for the job, drew sharp criticism from members of the city's black community. Only 29 percent of the district's 31,000 students are white.

Mr. Cole was hired in 1978 to supervise the ethnically diverse, 24,000-student Bakersfield district and to implement a desegregation plan there.

Massive debts threatened to close the Richmond district in 1990 until the state approved a $19-million bailout. Last year, the district was briefly under federal bankruptcy protection.

The Cleveland Board of Education has named James W. Penning as interim superintendent.

Mr. Penning, a teacher turned administrator in the district, will run the district until a permanent successor is found for outgoing Superintendent Frank J. Huml.

Under a buyout agreement with the school board, Mr. Huml was to have remained as superintendent until a successor was found before taking on his new position as liaison with the state education department. Unhappy with Mr. Huml's budget plans, the board installed Mr. Penning immediately.

Mr. Penning is the third interim superintendent in the district since 1976; the next permanent schools chief, expected to be named this summer, will be the seventh since that year.

The trustees of the Committee for Economic Development have named John L Clendenin the new chairman of the organization.

Mr. Clendenin, the chairman and chief executive officer of BellSouth, succeeds Owen B. Butler, the former chairman of Procter & Gamble who had chaired the 50-year-old national business group since 1988.

In recent years, the group has gained recognition for stimulating business involvement in school reform and in other children's issues.

inda Darling-Hammond, a professor of education at Teachers College, Columbia University, last week was named dean of the graduate school of education at Harvard University.

Ms. Darling-Hammond, who is the co-director of the National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools, and Teaching, was formerly the director of the education and human-resources program at the òáîä Corporation.

She succeeds Patricia A. Graham, who resigned from the deanship last year to become president of the Spencer Foundation.

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