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June 12, 2005|By Alec MacGillis

Beatrice P. Tignor

Occupation: Procurement director for Montgomery County government, chairwoman of the Prince George's County school board.

In the news: Tignor presided over the release last week of a forensic audit into dealings between education vendors and Andre J. Hornsby, who resigned as Prince George's schools superintendent last month. Tignor defended Hornsby as suspicion of ethical improprieties arose last fall. But as she released the audit, she said the misdeeds it ascribes to Hornsby made clear the board had been "misled."

Career highlights: Tignor taught in the county schools and at Prince George's Community College before election to the House of Delegates in 1990. Two years later, she won the state Senate seat vacated by Albert R. Wynn, whose successful run for Congress she managed. In 1994, she ran for county executive and lost in the Democratic primary. The next year, she was hired to be Montgomery County's procurement director. She was a finalist to be president of Prince George's Community College in 1999. She headed a state-appointed oversight panel for the school system after a 1998 audit. In 2002, she was named chairwoman of a new appointed school board appointed by the governor and county executive to replace an elected board that had fallen into turmoil.

Personal: Tignor, who goes by "Bea," grew up in Brandywine and holds a doctorate in higher education from George Washington University. A widow, she lives with her grown daughter in Upper Marlboro.

Philosophy: "Do the right thing, share the praise and take the blame. That's what makes leaders." Of the Hornsby controversy: "We have to move on. It's about the good things we can put in place to continue to uplift our children. It's really about the children. In the distraction and disruption they've gotten lost in all this. Now it's back to the children."

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