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Levine to Head Wilson Foundation

Educational equity will be a continuing priority

Departing TC President Arthur Levine announced in December that he will become the sixth president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, effective September 2006.

Founded in 1945, the Foundation is widely known for fostering leadership and innovation in education at all levels, in particular by awarding distinguished graduate fellowships, championing liberal arts education and promoting leadership opportunities for individuals from underserved groups.

"The Wilson Foundation has been an extraordinary force in American education, and I am honored and humbled to assume its presidency," Levine said. "I can think of no better pulpit from which to continue the fight for educational equity in America, both in our public schools and in higher education, and to improve the way that schools of education prepare teachers, school leaders, researchers and policymakers."

Nancy Weiss Malkiel, chair of the Woodrow Wilson Board of Trustees, called Levine "an extraordinary leader, a remarkably successful educational innovator and a bold, thought-provoking scholar" and said that the Foundation "could not have found a better leader to help us address the most pressing problems of education in the 21st century."

Levine announced this past September that he would step down as Teachers College's president at the end of the 2005- 06 school year. The College's search for a new president has been underway for the past month and a half.

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