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Alphonso C. Mance

Alphonso C. Mance took over last month as the executive director of the Tennessee Education Association. Mr. Mance, 56, is the first African-American to hold the position. He replaced Wanda Greer Copley, who retired. A member of the TEA staff for 15 years, Mr. Mance has served as an assistant executive director and manager of the instruction and professional-development division. The Nashville-based affiliate of the National Education Association has more than 45,000 members.

Ronald J. Gidwitz

Illinois Gov. George Ryan has named businessman Ronald J. Gidwitz as the chairman of the state school board. Mr. Gidwitz, 54, is giving up his chairmanship of the City Colleges of Chicago for the new position.

Frances Bryant Bradburn took over last month as the director of educational technology at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Ms. Bradburn, who has been with the department for seven years, replaces Elsie Brumback, who held the position for 17 years before retiring last year.

Vermont Gov. Howard Dean has appointed Deborah F. McDowell and David C. Larson to the state board of education. They will replace Rebecca Cassidy and Anne Rider, whose terms have expired. Ms. McDowell is on a one-year sabbatical from her position as a state external programs manager for IBM's Microelectronics Division. Mr. Larson is a social studies teacher at Wilmington (Vt.) Middle School.

Forrest E. Claypool

Forrest E. Claypool is the new president and chief executive officer of the Ball Foundation. Mr. Claypool, 41, had been the chief of staff for Mayor Richard M. Daley of Chicago. The Glen Ellyn, Ill.-based education research and assessment organization manages four charter schools in two states and plans to form a national network of charter schools and school partnerships.

--Marnie Roberts, Meghan Mullan, & Michelle Galley

Vol. 18, Issue 36, Page 2

Published in Print: May 19, 1999, as People in the News
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