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Colin S. Diver, whose family's experiences were chronicled in an award-winning book about the social upheaval surrounding school desegregation in Boston in the 1970's, has been named dean of the Boston University School of Law.

The white, middle-class Divers were one of three diverse families whose stories provided the framework for Common Ground by J. Anthony Lukas. The book, published in 1985, won the American Book Award and shared the Pulitzer Prize in the general-nonfiction category.

Mr. Diver, an expert in the field of administrative law, has been a member of the law school's faculty since 1975.

Ryan White, the Indiana boy with AIDS whose battle to be allowed to attend school attracted nationwide attention in 1985, visited a New York City elementary school this month to answer 5th graders' questions about his disease.

The question-and-answer session at P.S. 87 in Manhattan was among a number of classroom visits that Ryan is making this year for an upcoming national television special. Geared to an audience of 8- to 12-year-olds, the show will be broadcast this fall on the Children's Television Workshop program, "3-2-1 Contact.''

Richard L. Ferguson, the executive vice president of the American College Testing Program, has been named president of the organization, effective Sept. 1.

Mr. Ferguson, who has a Ph.D. in educational research from the University of Pittsburgh, has been with the Iowa City-based test company since 1973. He will succeed Oluf M. Davidsen, who announced his retirement in March.

Vol. 07, Issue 39

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