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Susan Traiman has been named the director of the Education Initiative at the Business Roundtable in Washington. The initiative works with 180 corporate chief executives nationwide to improve precollegiate education. Ms. Traiman, a staff member of the National Governors' Association since 1987, was most recently its education-policies-studies director. ... William Coats has been named the president and C.E.O. of the Michigan Partnership for New Education. He is a former coordinator and director for youth programs at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and a former superintendent of the Fort Wayne, Ind., schools. The East Lansing-based partnership is a collaboration of government, business, and education leaders working to reform K-12 education.

Ann Lowry has been elected the president of the National Association of School Nurses for 1994-95. ... Jay Robinson has been tapped as the next leader of the state board of education in North Carolina. Mr. Robinson began his career in 1950 as a mathematics teacher and spent 23 years as a superintendent. He retired last year from the University of North Carolina system, where he had been vice president for public affairs since 1986. At the state board, he replaces Ken Harris, who served as chairman for two years. Mr. Harris will remain on the board. ... Arthur Curley, the director of the Boston, Mass., public library, has been elected the president of the American Library Assocation.

Carol Avery has been elected the vice president and future president of the National Council of Teachers of English. Ms. Avery is the director and a teacher of language arts at the Ross School in East Hampton, N.Y. ... Vance Ablott is the new president and C.E.O. of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education. The Alexandria, Va.-based center is a nonprofit organization founded by the families of the seven astronauts killed when the space shuttle Challenger exploded on Jan. 28, 1986. Mr. Ablott was formerly vice president and general manager of Walt Disney Imagineering's Space Center Houston project.

--Adrienne Coles

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