Bloomberg appoints Black chancellor of New York City Schools as Klein steps down

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New York—Cathleen P. Black stepped down Tuesday as chairwoman of Hearst Corp.'s magazine division to become chancellor of New York City Schools. Black succeeds Joel Klein, who is joining News Corp. as exec VP and an adviser to Rupert Murdoch, News Corp. chairman.

Black is the first female chancellor of New York's public school system, which includes 1.1 million students. Among the titles Black has held in her career are president-publisher of USA Today, publisher of New York and president-CEO of the Newspaper Association of America.

“Cathie Black is a superstar manager who has succeeded spectacularly in the private sector,” New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a statement. “She is brilliant, she is innovative, she is driven—and there is virtually nobody who knows more about the needs of the 21st century workforce for which we need to prepare our kids.”

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