Mayor's Appointments To New Educational Policy Panel

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced his first seven appointments to the New York City Panel for Educational Policy, the panel that replaces the Board of Education. The 13-member body will be comprised of the mayor's eight appointments (including the yet-to-be-named schools chancellor), with the remaining five members to be named by each of the borough presidents. Unlike the Board of Education, the new panel will lack policy-making authority. Instead, its members will advise the next schools chancellor, who have central power in running the school system. The members of the panel are unpaid.

Mayor Bloomberg's appointments:

Philip A. Berry is currently a vice president of Colgate-Palmolive. He worked with the City University of New York Construction Fund.

Dr. David C. Chang is the president of Polytechnic University in Brooklyn and a professor of electrical engineering at the school.

Dr. Ramona Hernandez is the director of the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute as well as an associate professor at the school.

Dr. Augusta Souza Kappner is currently President of the Bank Street College of Education. She served as President of the Borough of Manhattan Community College, Acting President of the City College of New York, and Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education for the U.S. Department of Education.

Susana Torruella Leval serves as Director Emeritus of El Museo del Barrio and is part of the Advisory Faculty of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.

Richard L. Menschel is Senior Director of Goldman Sachs and is currently the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Hospital for Special Surgery.

Marita Regan is the Review Supervisor for Performance Assessment in Schools Systemwide in school district 22. She has been a classroom teacher, assistant principal, and principal in the New York City public school system.

Posted July 18, 2002