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Joseph A. Spagnolo Jr., a former state superintendent of public instruction in Virginia, was chosen last week to become the schools chief in Illinois.

The Illinois board of education tapped Mr. Spagnolo to succeed Robert Leininger, who left the post earlier this year to join a banking firm. The new superintendent will be paid $117,500 a year under a three-year contract.

Mr. Spagnolo, 51, left the Virginia post in January when a new governor took office. Before becoming the Virginia schools chief, he worked for 17 years as a superintendent in Lynchburg, Va.

Bowman Heads Erikson Institute: The Erikson Institute for Advanced Study in Child Development, which is affiliated with Loyola University of Chicago, has named Barbara T. Bowman as its new president. Ms. Bowman succeeds James Garbarino, who has served as president since 1985.

Ms. Bowman, 65, is one of three faculty members who founded the institute in 1966. Before her new appointment she was the vice president for programs. She has taught early education and administration and has held leadership positions with several national organizations and panels addressing early-childhood education and training.

As president, she hopes to focus on working more closely with schools to introduce developmentally appropriate practices for children and families, strengthening the use of educational technology for children, and providing nondegree programs to improve the training of people in community institutions.

Mr. Garbarino will be the director of the Family Life Development Center at Cornell University but will continue to head the Erikson Institute's Children in Dangerous Environments project for one year.

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