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The Los Angeles County Children and Families First-Proposition 10 Commission has chosen Karen H. Hill-Scott to design its Universal Access to Preschool and Early Care and Education Initiative, a $100 million plan to make preschool more widely available to youngsters in the county.

Karen H. Hill-Scott

Ms. Hill-Scott, 55, is the president of a Los Angeles-based consulting firm, Karen Hill-Scott & Co., which specializes in children's television programming. She will begin working on the 10-month preschool project early in 2003.

Michael S. McPherson

Michael S. McPherson has been chosen as the new president of the Spencer Foundation, a Chicago-based philanthropy that finances education research. Mr. McPherson, 55, will succeed Ellen Condliffe Lagemann, who has been named the dean of Harvard University's graduate school of education.

Currently, Mr. McPherson is the president of the 1,800-student Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. He will begin working full time for the foundation in August.

Diane B. Cooper has been named the head of school for the Columbus School for Girls, a 650-student, nonsectarian college-preparatory day school in Columbus, Ohio.

Diane B. Cooper

Ms. Cooper, 56, is currently the head of the 900-student St. Edward's School in Vero Beach Fla., an Episcopal pre-K-12 school. Before her appointment to St. Edward's in 1995, Ms. Cooper served as the principal of two K-8 schools in Texas. Under her leadership, both schools were recognized as Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education.

—Catherine A. Carroll

Education Week

Vol. 22, Issue 15, Page 5

Published in Print: December 11, 2002, as People in the News

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