Thursday, February 08, 2001

Foundation lands ex-education chief

By Andrea Tortora
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Cincinnati's KnowledgeWorks Foundation pulled off a coup Wednesday when it voted former U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley onto its board of trustees.

        The news brings enormous credibility and leadership to the Cincinnati-based education foundation.

        “What makes us most proud is that he has said he's only going to do a few select things that will have the most impact on kids,” said Chad Wick, KnowledgeWorks president and CEO.

        Steven Zwerling, a senior program officer at the Manhattan-based Ford Foundation, said Mr. Riley's partic ipation connects KnowledgeWorks to the world.

        “The input he can provide broadens the perspective,” Mr. Zwerling said.

        The $200 million foundation was formed in 1998 from the sale of the Student Loan Funding Corp. to Sallie Mae.

        “KnowledgeWorks Foundation is already moving to the forefront in thinking through how this nation should be designing and building schools for the future,” Mr. Riley said. “I am particularly taken by their strong emphasis on design ing schools as centers of community and fully involving citizens in the process.”

        Mr. Riley, 68, a former South Carolina governor, led the U.S. Department of Education for eight years under President Clinton.


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