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Pedro Ramos

Pedro Ramos, a member of the Philadelphia school board for the past four years, was elected its president Dec. 6. Mr. Ramos, 34, is the city's youngest, and first Latino, board president.

Kevin Noland will become Kentucky's interim commissioner of education until a replacement is hired for Wilmer Cody, who earlier announced he would step down Dec. 31. Mr. Noland, 47, who is the top lawyer for the state school system, has previously served as interim commissioner.

Patricia Albjerg Graham

Patricia Albjerg Graham has announced plans to retire next year from her post as the president of the Chicago-based Spencer Foundation, which specializes in supporting education research. Under the direction of Ms. Graham, 64, since 1991, the philanthropy's endowment has grown from $187 million to $560 million this year.

The Education Development Center, a Newton, Mass.-based research organization, has tapped

to serve as the organization's first "distinguished scholar." Mr. Hehir, 49, is a former director of special education programs in the U.S. Department of Education.

Joe Woodward

Joe Woodward has been named the director of development for the Webb Schools, a coed, 320-student boarding and day institution in Claremont, Calif. Mr. Woodward, 36, will coordinate fund raising.

Paul D. Stapleton, who has served as the state superintendent of public instruction for Virginia since 1998, resigned last week. Mr. Stapleton, 51, cited personal and health concerns. Jo Lynne DeMary, assistant state superintendent, will replace him as acting superintendent.

—Meghan Mullan

Vol. 19, Issue 16, Page 2

Published in Print: December 15, 1999, as People in the News

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