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Barbara A. Chow

Barbara A. Chow has been named the executive director of the National Geographic Society's education foundation and geography-education outreach program. Ms. Chow, 45, will help the Washington-based society in its $100 million campaign to improve geography education and form a network of 150,000 educators across the country through teacher-training programs. Previously, she served in two White House posts in the Clinton administration: as the deputy director of the Domestic Policy Council and as the associate director for education, income, maintenance, and labor at the Office of Management and Budget.

The National Geographic Society, with more than 10 million members, is the world's largest nonprofit scientific and educational organization.

David J. Laurenson

David J. Laurenson will become the new high school principal and elementary director of the 1,560-student Hunter College Campus Schools in New York City on Aug. 6. The schools are publicly funded coeducational laboratory schools for intellectually gifted students. Mr. Laurenson, 59, is a former executive director and director of external relations at the 300-student Alabama School of Mathematics and Science, a public school for the gifted.

Jaime A. Molera, Arizona's state superintendent of public instruction, has appointed Chuck R. Essigs as his deputy superintendent and Cassandra A. Larsen as his chief of staff. Mr. Essigs, 56, currently serves as the associate superintendent for the 73,000-student Mesa Unified School District in Arizona. He began his new position in May. Ms. Larsen previously served as the executive director of the State Board for Charter Schools. She began her new job last week.

—Marianne Hurst

Vol. 20, Issue 39, Page 2

Published in Print: June 6, 2001, as People in the News

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