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Elizabeth L. Hale

Elizabeth L. Hale will succeed Michael D. Usdan as the president of the Washington-based Institute for Educational Leadership, a nonprofit organization established in 1964 that works toward improving educational systems and assuring better results for children. Ms. Hale, 59, was appointed last month after Mr. Usdan announced his retirement. She will begin her tenure as president in July. Ms. Hale has been affiliated with the IEL for nearly 25 years and has been its acting vice president since 1987.

The Caroline and Sigmund Schott Foundation and the Schott Center have hired Rosa A. Smith as their new president. Ms. Smith, 57, serves as the superintendent of the 63,000-student Columbus, Ohio, school district.

She will assume her new role on June 11. The foundation, based in Cambridge, Mass., works to improve public school programs in Massachusetts and New York. Its sister organization, the Schott Center for Public and Early Education, also based in Cambridge, works to raise public awareness of education issues.

Gov. John Engler

Achieve, an independent, nonprofit group that focuses on standards-based education reform, has elected Michigan Gov. John Engler and California Gov. Gray Davis as its new co-chairman and vice co-chairman, respectively. The group's board of directors made the selection at a meeting in Washington on Feb. 26. Mr. Engler, 52, a Republican, will replace founding co- chairman Tommy G. Thompson, the former governor of Wisconsin.

Gov. Gray Davis

Mr. Davis, 57, a Democrat, succeeds former North Carolina Gov. James B. Hunt Jr. Both men will be responsible for overseeing the Cambridge, Mass.-based organization and directing its efforts to help states raise academic standards.

—Marianne Hurst

Vol. 20, Issue 26, Page 2

Published in Print: March 14, 2001, as People in the News

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