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Peter T. Kachris was recently elected to a one-year term as the president of the National Rural Education Association. Mr. Kachris, 67, will continue to serve as the superintendent of the 26,000-student Special School District of St. Louis County, Mo.

Peter T. Kachris

Founded in 1907, the NREA is a nonprofit association with more than 1,400 members. The association serves as a national advocate for rural education at all levels by providing professional forums for teachers, administrators and board members and supporting the distribution of educational materials and technology developed for rural school children.

The Council on Foundations has hired Don I. Tharpe, a school business expert, to be its executive vice president and chief operating officer. Mr. Tharpe, 50, will begin his new role in April.

Don I. Tharpe

He succeeds Alphonso E. Lenhardt, who stepped down in February to serve as the U.S. Senate's sergeant-at-arms.

Mr. Tharpe has served most recently as the executive director of the Association of School Business Officials International, a 6,000-member professional association based in Reston, Va., that offers services for school administrators and finance officers.

The Council on Foundations is a Washington-based organization representing more than 2,000 foundations and philanthropic groups worldwide.

Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, a prominent sociologist who studies school culture, will chair the board of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Ms. Lawrence-Lightfoot, 57, takes over as chairwoman this June. She will continue to serve as a professor of education at Harvard University.

The Chicago-based MacArthur Foundation gives more than $180 million in grants each year to organizations involved in a variety of public policy issues, including education.

—Marianne Hurst

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Vol. 21, Issue 25, Page 5

Published in Print: March 6, 2002, as People in the News

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