People in the News

April 10, 2002 1 min read

The Education Commission of the States has appointed Christopher T. Cross to serve as a distinguished senior fellow.

Christopher T. Cross

Mr. Cross, 61, the former chief executive officer of the Washington-based Council for Basic Education, began his new role in February. His contributions to the ECS will include participating in the organization’s national forum on education policy and serving as a resource for the ECS staff. The commission, a national nonprofit organization based in Denver, helps track education-related state legislation.

During the first Bush administration, Mr. Cross served as an assistant secretary for educational research and improvement in the U.S. Department of Education.

George R. Wilcox is the new president-elect of the International Technology Education Association.

Mr. Wilcox, 49, will continue to serve as the state specialist for technology education at the Virginia Department of Education during his one-year term. He succeeds Michael Wright, the coordinator of technology and occupational education at Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, who moved up to become president.

The ITEA, based in Reston, Va., represents technology educators in the United States and abroad and has some 5,000 members.

Michael E. Copeland, the superintendent of the 4,500-student Altus, Okla., public schools, has been chosen as the president- elect of the National Rural Education Association. Mr. Copeland, 51, will begin his one-year term in October, when Al E. Eads Jr. becomes president.

Mr. Eads, 64, is the executive director of the South Carolina Association for Rural Education, based in St. George, S.C., but will step down to become the NREA president.

The 1,400-member NREA is based in Norman, Okla.

—Marianne Hurst

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A version of this article appeared in the April 10, 2002 edition of Education Week