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Jeffrey K. Ward

Jeffrey K. Ward has been named the deputy executive director of the National Middle School Association.

Mr. Ward, 41, who was previously the associate executive director of the Westerville, Ohio-based association, started his new job last month. He has been serving as the association’s chief financial officer, a role that he will continue in his current position.

The NMSA provides journals, books, and professional-development opportunities for its 31,500 members, who include middle-level teachers and principals, as well as parents, from the United States and other countries.

Vishakha N. Desai

Vishakha N. Desai was recently named the next president of the Asia Society, a nonprofit group that provides various programs to promote a better understanding of Asia in the United States, including initiatives to improve elementary and secondary education about the continent.

Ms. Desai, 55, is the first woman and the first Asian-American to lead the organization.

Previously a senior vice president of the New York City-based society and the director of its museum and cultural programs, she will succeed Nicholas Platt, who led the organization for 12 years. He is retiring June 30.

Kevin S. Reed

Kevin S. Reed was named last week as the new general counsel for the 750,000-student Los Angeles Unified School District.

Mr. Reed, 40, who has been serving as the interim general counsel since last June, succeeded Harold J. Kwalwasser, who left the position a year ago.

Mr. Reed left his position as a partner in the Santa Monica, Calif.-based law firm of Strumwasser and Woocher to take the district job, which pays an annual salary of $228,375.

—Catherine A. Carroll

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Vol. 23, Issue 36, Page 5

Published in Print: May 12, 2004, as People in the News

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