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NEWS RELEASES 2000-01 :: SEPTEMBER 18, 2000


Greenville - J.B. Buxton, of Alexandria, Va., today was named the new legislative director by the State Board of Education. Buxton has most recently served as a White House Fellow on the Domestic Policy Council of The White House.

The legislative director is the only registered lobbyist for the State Board and Department of Public Instruction.

Buxton replaces Ann Berlam, who retired in August.

In addition to his White House position, Buxton has served in several policy and research capacities during his career, including positions at the Public School Forum where he has served as Director of Policy and Research and as Coordinator of Special Programs for the NC Teaching Fellows. Buxton taught English at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts shortly after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He attended the University on a Morehead scholarship. In 1999, Buxton completed a master's degree in public affairs from Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Board Chairman Phillip J. Kirk Jr. said that the Board and the Department are fortunate to have someone of Buxton's caliber and experience accept this position. "North Carolina schools have benefited in recent years from a unified legislative agenda, and we believe J.B. is the right person to help us continue to move forward," Kirk said.

Buxton begins work in his new position Oct. 2.

Buxton, a New Hampshire native, is married to Concord, NC, native Hunter Brown Buxton. They have two young children.

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About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

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