A St. Lawrence University graduate is expected to have a key role in the widespread reform of public-school education in Pennsylvania.

Charles B. Zogby '84 was confirmed in June of 2001 as Pennsylvania's secretary of education. In his post, he manages an $8.3 billion budget and an agency that oversees kindergarten through college education, and Pennsylvania's public libraries. Zogby has worked with Pennsylvania Governor Thomas Ridge since 1995, including a stint as policy director, responsible for coordinating policy development and legislative initiatives.

Zogby also helped craft Pennsylvania's school-reform plan which will, among other things, involve a takeover of Philadelphia's school board by the state's education reform commission. Once the state takes over the district, Zogby is expected to be among those involved in the day-to-day matters of the city's public schools.

A longtime political activist, Zogby was director of the nationalities coalition for the Bush-Quayle '88 presidential campaign and was national field coordinator for the Ethnic Voters Division of Reagan-Bush '84. A Utica, New York, native, Zogby earned a bachelor's degree in economics from St. Lawrence University in 1984. He earned his law degree from George Mason University School of Law in 1991.

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