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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Broad Names Three New Board Members

Three new execs will join the Board of Directors for the Broad Center for the Management of School Systems. The current board includes Joel Klein, Barry Munitz, Dan Katzir, Arlene Ackerman, Richard Barth, Louis Gerstner, Jr., Maria Goodloe-Johnson, Wendy Kopp, Margaret Spellings, and Michelle Rhee. Yikes.
From Reuters:

Broad Center for the Management of School Systems Announces Three New Members of Board of Directors

Thu Oct 29, 2009 8:01am EDT

Broad Center for the Management of School Systems Announces Three New Members of Board of Directors

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. News and World Report Editor-in-Chief Mortimer Zuckerman, CityView Executive Chairman Henry G. Cisneros and Chicago Public Schools executive Melissa Megliola Zaikos have joined the board of directors of The Broad Center for the Management of School

Systems, the center announced today. They join 10 other board members who are advising the center as it develops talented urban education leaders across the country.

The Broad (rhymes with "road") Center for the Management of School Systems is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising student achievement by recruiting, training and supporting executive talent from across America to become the next generation of urban school district leaders. The center runs two executive training programs: The Broad Superintendents Academy(www.broadacademy.org) and The Broad Residency in Urban Education(www.broadresidency.org). To date, The Broad Center has trained nearly 300 individuals to hold leadership and management positions in urban school districts.

The three new members of the board of directors will provide strategic counsel to The Broad Center as it seeks to increase the number of top executives trained and placed in urban school systems around the country working to raise student achievement district-wide and reduce chronic income and ethnic achievement gaps. The three new board members are:

-- Mortimer Zuckerman, chairman and editor-in-chief of U.S. News & World Report, publisher of the New York Daily News and chairman, Boston Properties

--Henry G. Cisneros, executive chairman of CityView, former president of Univision and former U.S. secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

-- Melissa Megliola Zaikos, autonomous schools officer, Chicago Public Schools, and a former Broad Resident

"We are fortunate that Mort, Henry and Melissa have committed to helping the center improve its ability to develop effective leaders for our nation's largest school districts, and we appreciate their wisdom, insights and experience," said Eli Broad, founder of The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, which funds The Broad Center.

Zuckerman and Cisneros bring extensive executive experience leading some of the nation's largest and most successful media companies and public and private institutions. Megliola Zaikos, a former Broad Resident and former manager at Deloitte Consulting, currently serves as the line supervisor for 95 Chicago schools that have been granted increased autonomy by the school district. She will represent Broad Residency graduates on the board.

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Zuckerman, Cisneros, and Zaikos will help guide the Broad Superintendents Academy and Broad Residency in Urban Education. Not a bad pick-up for Eli's henchmen, it's always nice to have a billionaire with a big media outlet on your side. This isn't the first time Eli and Cisneros have teamed up - Cisneros was named to the board of directors of KB Homes back in 2000, and the two men also teamed up for a massive housing project in 2000. As for Zaikos? She's worked as a Broad Resident in Chicago for a number of years, mostly on a Gates-sponsored project focused on redesigning the city's high schools.


  1. When Bill Gates wasn't trolling in the public schools for data driven profits for Microsoft he was pushing in Congress for the expansion of the H-1B visa program to staff the company's hi-tech sweatshops. The party's over for now for the H-1B, Bill Gates and globalization. From now on the attack on the public schools will be a corporate state project. This from the Wall Street Journal.

    "A coveted visa program that feeds skilled workers to top-tier U.S. technology companies and universities is on track to leave thousands of spots unfilled for the first time since 2003, a sign of how the weak economy has eroded employment even among highly trained professionals."

    "The program, known as H-1B, has been a mainstay of Silicon Valley and Wall Street, where many companies have come to depend on securing visas for computer programmers from India or engineers from China. Last year, even as the recession began to bite, employers snapped up the 65,000 visas available in just one day. This year, however, as of Sept. 25 -- nearly six months after the U.S. government began accepting applications -- only 46,700 petitions had been filed."

  2. How do you spell CORRUPTION?

    A-M-E-R-I-C-A-N C-O-R-P-O-R-A-T-I-O-N-S