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Johnny E. Brown

Johnny E. Brown has been selected to be the superintendent of the 98,000- student DeKalb County school district in Georgia. The district school board late last month awarded Mr. Brown, 53, a three-year contract with annual salary and benefits totaling $240,400, making him the highest-paid superintendent in the state. Mr. Brown currently serves as the superintendent of the 38,000- student Birmingham, Ala., schools. He will assume his new duties in July, succeeding James Hallford, who plans to retire in June.

John R. Lawrence

John R. Lawrence is the new president-elect of the American Association of School Administrators. Mr. Lawrence, 51, serves as the superintendent of the 4,700-student Troy R-3 schools in Troy, Mo. He will assume his one-year term as president-elect in July. The AASA, a professional organization based in Arlington, Va., supports the development of effective educational leadership. It represents more than 14,000 public school administrators nationwide.

Robin D. Thurman

The National School Boards Foundation recently hired Robin D. Thurman as its director. Before joining the foundation, Ms. Thurman, 47, served as the senior manager of public and community relations for TRW, a global technologies company with headquarters in Cleveland. Based in Alexandria, Va., the foundation is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1995 to help local school board members with school improvement efforts. It is an affiliate of the National School Boards Association, which represents more than 95,000 public school board leaders nationwide.

—Marianne Hurst

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Vol. 21, Issue 29, Page 5

Published in Print: April 3, 2002, as People in the News

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