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Ramon Cortines, the former New York City schools chancellor, has been appointed interim director of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University in Providence, R.I. Mr. Cortines is currently executive director of the Pew Forum on Standards-Based Reform at Stanford University and a senior adviser to U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley. ... The Association of American Colleges and Universities has appointed Carol Geary Schneider as its new president.

Ms. Schneider is the executive vice president of the Washington-based organization. She will assume her new post next month.

Rutherford D. Brosious, a 1932 graduate of White Bear Lake High School in White Bear Lake, Minn., believes in giving back. So the 84-year-old recently gave $1 million to help his former school district.

"He had very strong and vivid memories of his classmates and teachers," said Ted Blaesing, the superintendent of the 10,000-student system.

The donation to the district's 2-year-old White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation boosts its endowment considerably. Two years ago, the foundation raised $100,000 from a six-month, communitywide campaign.

The district estimates that the new gift will provide $40,000 a year in renewable scholarships to at least 20 students, and $10,000 a year in challenge grants for up to 10 teachers. Mr. Brosious is the founder of Rutherford Displays, a St. Paul, Minn., company that makes convention and trade-show displays.

Students in the Stratford, Conn., school system stand to benefit from the generosity of the family of a teacher who taught in the district for 43 years. Early this month, the Edith Wheeler Trust Fund endowed the 6,970-student system on Connecticut's shore with a $1 million scholarship fund in memory of Ruby Wheeler, Edith Wheeler's sister. The women were descendants of Moses Wheeler, a Colonial entrepreneur.

Ruby Wheeler, a 1920 graduate of Stratford High School, taught junior high and high school general science and biology until her death in 1970. The school plans to use the fund to create scholarships for high-achieving graduating seniors. The fund is expected to generate income of $40,000 to $50,000 annually.

--ADRIENNE D. COLES [email protected]

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