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A. Graham Down has been named the acting president and chief executive officer of the Council for Basic Education.

A. Graham Down

Mr. Down, 74, who served as the Washington-based organization’s president for 20 years before stepping down in 1994, is the council’s president emeritus and an independent education consultant.

He takes over the president’s duties from Raymond "Buzz" Bartlett, who left the post after two years to pursue other professional opportunities. Before working for the council, he was the director of corporate affairs for the Bethesda, Md.-based Lockheed Martin Corp.

Raymond Bartlett

Mr. Down, who took up his new duties last week, will stay as the council’s acting chief executive until it names a permanent president.

The Council for Basic Education, founded in 1956, is a nonprofit organization that offers programs and publications aimed at strengthening liberal arts education in public schools.

Robert S. Peterkin was recently named a distinguished senior fellow for the Denver- based Education Commission of the States.

Mr. Peterkin, 59, will continue in his position as the chairman of programs in administration, planning, and social policy at Harvard University’s 1,200-student graduate school of education in Cambridge, Mass.

Mr. Peterkin also serves on the board of Editorial Projects in Education, the publisher of Education Week.

The ECS, a national nonprofit organization, helps state officials identify, develop, and implement policies to improve student learning.

Michael T. Nettles has also been named a distinguished senior fellow with the ECS.

Mr. Nettles, 48, serves as the Edmund W. Gordon chair for policy evaluation and research at the Princeton, N.J.-based Educational Testing Service.

—Catherine A. Carroll

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Vol. 23, Issue 37, Page 5

Published in Print: May 19, 2004, as People in the News

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