Thomas C. Boysen, who stepped down as Kentucky's commissioner of education last month, has joined the Milken Family Foundation. Mr. Boysen will oversee education programs as a senior vice president of the Santa Monica, Calif.-based philanthropy, which supports a host of education-related projects. In his new position, Mr. Boysen will seek to expand and strengthen the Milken Educator Awards program, which honors about 750 outstanding K-12 educators each year. The recipients each receive a cash award of $25,000.
The Kentucky school board has named a temporary successor to Mr. Boysen--Kevin Nolan, the state education department's chief attorney. He will serve as acting commissioner until the board finds a replacement for Mr. Boysen, the first person to fill the position created by the Kentucky Education Reform Act of 1990.
Karen Kepler Zumwalt has been appointed the dean of Teachers College, Columbia University. The Chappaqua, N.Y., resident has been a faculty member of Teachers College since 1976. She assumed her new position July 1. ... The Boston school committee has named Arthur W. Stellar the acting superintendent of the city's public schools. He has served as deputy superintendent since 1993. He replaces Lois Harrison-Jones, who left last month. ... John Henry Stanford will be the next superintendent of the 46,000-student Seattle school district. Mr. Stanford, 56, a retired Army major general and a former county manager in Fulton County, Ga., is set to take the helm Sept. 1, at a base salary of $140,000 a year.
Howard L. Fuller, who resigned as the superintendent of the Milwaukee schools last month, has been appointed distinguished professor of education at Marquette University in Milwaukee, starting next month. He also will direct the Institute for the Transformation of Learning there. "I want to be able to provide assistance to whoever will be responsible for children learning," Mr. Fuller said in a recent interview.
The institute will work to insure the success of reforms as well as provide support to neighborhood-based programs.
"If we think that schools are the only place where children learn, we're missing the reality of the world as it is today," said Mr. Fuller.
--Adrienne D. Coles