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Eric J. Smith, a superintendent who has developed a national reputation for success in raising minority students' achievement, has been elected the chairman of the board of trustees of the College Board, best known as the sponsor of the sat college-admissions test. His term as chairman is two years.

Eric J. Smith

A 2002 recipient of the Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education, Mr. Smith, 52, is the superintendent of the 75,000-student Anne Arundel County public school system in Maryland. Until recently, he led the Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools in North Carolina.

The New York City-based College Board also established the Advanced Placement curriculum and testing program used by schools.

The 52 members of the Council of Chief State School Officers have unanimously elected Michael E. Ward as their president.

Mr. Ward, 49, North Carolina's superintendent of public instruction, began his one-year term this month. He succeeds Suellen K. Reed, the Indiana state schools chief, who will now serve as vice president for the same term.

Michael E. Ward

The Washington-based CCSSO is a network of public officials responsible for elementary and secondary education at the state level.

Akimi L. Gibson has been named vice president and general manager of early-childhood education for Scholastic Education, which publishes instructional materials for prekindergarten through grade 12.

Ms. Gibson, 43, formerly served as senior vice president and chief education officer for Thinkbox Inc., a Glendale, Calif. company that develops Internet-based programs for early-childhood education.

Scholastic Education is a division of the New York City-based Scholastic Inc., the world's largest publisher of children's books.

—Catherine A. Carroll

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Vol. 22, Issue 13, Page 5

Published in Print: November 27, 2002, as People in the News

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