Two decades of service at the state and local levels have paid off for Thomas J. Budnik. The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development has elected him its new president.
A member of the Alexandria, Va.-based organization for more than 20 years, Mr. Budnik served as the executive director of the Iowa ASCD from 1985 to 1995.
He is currently the school improvement coordinator for the Heartland Area Education Agency in Johnston, Iowa.
He will serve a one-year term as president of the 160,000-member association, which offers professional development and supports activities primarily for curriculum specialists and administrators. He succeeds Edward L. Hall.
Curman L. Gaines, the superintendent of the St. Paul, Minn., schools, has announced that he will join Sylvan Learning Systems Inc. next month.
Mr. Gaines, who plans to step down June 30, will serve as regional vice president of the Baltimore-based company, which runs more than 3,000 educational and testing centers for students of all ages. Sylvan also provides educational and professional-development services under contracts with schools systems and other groups.
Mr. Gaines will help the company create partnerships with school districts in the Southeast and establish a regional office in Atlanta. Mr. Gaines has headed the 45,000-student St. Paul district since July 1991. He announced his intention to resign in January.
Charles V. Willie, a veteran Harvard University sociologist, has been appointed the Charles William Eliot professor of education in the university's graduate school of education. The endowed chair honors the memory of the longest-serving president of Harvard, whose 40-year tenure began during Reconstruction and ended in 1909. Mr. Willie, a specialist in desegregation and urban education, was appointed professor of education and urban studies at the school in 1974. ... Sylvia Soholt, the manager of community relations for the Edmonds, Wash., school district, will join A-Plus Communications. The Arlington, Va.-based firm works with education leaders to build public support for schools. Her work has been showcased among the best efforts of public engagement in the nation. ("A Lesson in Winning Back an Estranged Public," Nov. 20, 1996. )
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