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John W. Porter, president of Eastern Michigan University, has been elected chairman of The College Board's 25-member board of trustees. John T. Casteen 3rd, secretary of education in Virginia and an associate professor of English on leave from the University of Virginia, has been elected vice-chairman.

The elections were held at the board's 1984 annual business meetings in New York City last month. Both men will serve two-year terms.

When David Higbee died of cancer on May 25, he left behind not only a 25-year legacy of dedication to teaching but a $200,000 college scholarship fund for future college students living in Mount Ephraim, N.J.

"That was the type of fellow Mr. Higbee was--he was the kind who gave and gave again to the kids," Richard Serfling, the Mount Ephraim superintendent of schools, told reporters recently.

According to Alvin Schomer, Mr. Higbee's attorney, the teacher's will stipulates that an Audubon High School student, who attended the Mount Ephraim public schools from grade 4 through 8, is eligible for the award if he or she is a "worthy" student and "has demonstrated conscientious efforts in his or her studies and good moral character."

One student selected each year will receive up to $5,000 a year for four years to defray college costs, Mr. Schomer said.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Donald G. Gill of Illinois plans to teach at Stetson University in Florida after leaving office next year.

Mr. Gill, who has headed the state department of education since August 1980, announced that he would become chairman of the education department of the Baptist university in Deland, Fla.

Mr. Gill headed the Bolusia County School District in Florida before his appointment as chief of public schools in Illinois. He has also taught at Eastern Illinois University.

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