Exodus of top Department Officials Begins

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WASHINGTON--In addition to the Secretary's quarters, several other top offices in the Education Department will have new, short-term occupants as the Reagan Administration enters its final months.

Peter R. Greer, deputy undersecretary for intergovernmental and interagency affairs, Mary M. Rose, deputy undersecretary for management, and William Kristol, chief of staff to Secretary of Education William J. Bennett, have all departed during the past month.

Mr. Greer, who served as the department's liaison with foreign, state, and local governments, as well as other federal agencies, has taken the reins of Boston University's school of education.

According to the department, one of Mr. Greer's first responsibilities on his new job will be to direct a management partnership the university is negotiating with the Chelsea, Mass., public schools.

Michelle Easton, director of intergovernmental affairs, succeeded Mr. Greer on an acting basis.

Mr. Kristol, a member of the Secretary's inner circle since 1985, will manage the Senatorial campaign of Alan Keyes, a Maryland Republican. Mr. Keyes, Mr. Kristol's roommate at Harvard University, is challenging Senator Paul S. Sarbanes.

The chief-of-staff position was assumed by John Walters, a Bennett aide who has worked extensively on the Secretary's anti-drug programs.

Mrs. Rose, who previously served as personnel director at the White House and as a manager in the office of personnel management, "plans to take an active role in Maryland politics,'' according to a department statement.

The three departing officials are the first of their high rank to leave since Mr. Bennett announced he would do the same in September.

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