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The National School Boards Association last week selected William B. Ingram as its president. The longtime school board member was named to a one-year term at the Alexandria, Va.-based organization's annual conference in Anaheim, Calif.

Mr. Ingram has been a member of California's Perris Union High School District since 1977. From 1991 to 1994, he served as a member of the NSBA's board of directors. He also is a former president of the California School Boards Association.

The NSBA represents 95,000 board members nationwide.

In 1981, Eugene M. Lang surprised students at his former elementary school in East Harlem by announcing during a speech that he would pay their college tuition on one condition: They graduate from high school.

Last month, Mr. Lang once again made news with a pledge to an alma mater. The 78-year-old entrepreneur donated $30 million in unrestricted aid to Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pa.

Mr. Lang has a history of giving. In 1986, he formed the "I Have A Dream Foundation," which provides tuition assistance to at-risk students. Since its creation, the program has grown to 160 projects in 61 cities and 27 states serving 12,000 students.

Mike Rose, an education professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, has won the 1997 Grawemeyer Award in Education. Mr. Rose was honored for his 1995 book, Possible Lives: The Promise of Public Education in America. The awards, sponsored by the University of Louisville in Kentucky and named for philanthropist H. Charles Grawemeyer, are given each year to people in the fields of education, international policy, music, and religion. Each award carries a prize of $150,000. ...

Reading Is Fundamental has tapped William E. Trueheart as its new president. Mr. Trueheart, a visiting scholar at the graduate school of education at Harvard University and a former president of Bryant College in Smithfield, R.I., will replace Ruth Graves, who is retiring.

Reading Is Fundamental, based in Washington, is a 30-year-old nonprofit organization founded to stimulate a love of reading in children. Today, RIF is a nationwide grassroots movement with more than 219,000 volunteers who bring nearly 11 million books to 3.7 million children across the country.

--ADRIENNE D. COLES [email protected]

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