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Alliance Elects Three New Board Members, Names Vice President for Public Policy

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Alliance Elects Three New Board Members, Names Vice President for Public Policy

The Alliance for Excellent Education today announced the election, by unanimous consent, of three new members to its Board of Directors: Harold M. Williams, Counsel to the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP; Steven A. Raymund, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Tech Data Corporation; and Michael O’Keefe, President of Minneapolis College of Art and Design. The Alliance is also pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Susan Lusi as Vice President for Public Policy.

“The new board members and Dr. Lusi are highly esteemed leaders in their respective fields and will bring considerable knowledge and experience to our efforts,” said Alliance President, Susan Frost. “Their passion and commitment to America’s public schools will be key in furthering our mission of making it possible for America’s middle and high school students to achieve high standards and graduate prepared for college and success in life.”

Harold M. Williams is President Emeritus of the J. Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles, California, a charitable trust devoted to the arts and humanities. Under his leadership the programs of the Trust were established and the Getty Center in Los Angeles was created. Prior to assuming his position with the Trust, Mr. Williams served as Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He also served as Dean and Professor of Management of the Graduate School of Management, University of California, Los Angeles. During his administration, the school achieved ranking within the top ten graduate business and management schools in the U.S., including recognition as the leading graduate business school in a public university.

Tech Data’s prosperity and Steve Raymund’s success are closely related. In 1988, Arthur Young Entrepreneurial Services named Raymund Entrepreneur of the Year, and that same year Inc. magazine listed Tech Data 44th on its list of the Top 100 Fastest Growing Small Public Companies. Since 1989, Raymund has each year been named one of The 25 Most Influential Executives in the PC Industry, as compiled by Computer Reseller News. In 1999, Raymund was named to the Computer Reseller News Third Annual Industry Hall of Fame and in 2000 he was inducted into the Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame. Raymund is married with two children and volunteers for All Children’s Hospital, the Partnership for a Drug Free America, and Temple Beth-El.

In addition to his role at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Michael O’Keefe co-chairs the Program on Education at the Aspen Institute and serves on the board of directors of Minnesota Public Radio. Previously, he was commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services and spent ten years as executive vice president and chief executive officer for the McKnight Foundation. He recently stepped down from service on the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota and he is the former president of the Consortium for the Advancement of Private Higher Education in Washington, DC. O’Keefe previously worked on K-12 education issues at the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare and he has held a number of posts in higher education and government.

Dr. Sue Lusi holds a Ph.D. in public policy and a M.P.P. from Harvard University as well as a M.A.T. in social studies from Brown University. She brings a wealth of experience and skill to the Alliance as an expert in local, state and federal education policy. Teachers College Press published Lusi’s book, The Role of State Departments of Education in Complex School Reform, in June 1997. The research for this book was supported through a dissertation fellowship that she was awarded by the Innovations in State and Local Government Program of the Ford Foundation and Harvard University in 1992-93.

The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC based policy, advocacy and research organization created to help America’s middle and high school students receive an excellent education. The Alliance focuses on the students who are most likely to leave school without a diploma or to graduate unprepared for a productive future. The Alliance works to make it possible for these students to achieve high standards and graduate prepared for college and success in life.

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The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington-based policy, research, and advocacy organization that works to make every child a graduate, prepared for postsecondary education and success in life. It is funded by the Leeds Family, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Daniels Fund, and the New York Community Trust, as well as by concerned individuals.

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