Comcast executive, radio host to join city school board

July 16, 2005|By Sara Neufeld | Sara Neufeld,SUN STAFF

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley said yesterday that the head of Comcast's Baltimore operation and the host of a local radio segment will join the city school board.

Also yesterday, Ehrlich named new members to the state school board, the Baltimore City Community College board and the Baltimore liquor board.

Kalman R. "Buzzy" Hettleman, who has served on the city school board since January, was reappointed. The board's two new members will be Michael C. Parker, vice president and general manager of Comcast in Baltimore, and Anirban Basu, head of the Baltimore economic consulting firm Sage Policy Group and host of Morning Economic Report on Baltimore's WYPR-FM.

The appointments are for three years.

Hettleman, 70, was appointed this year to serve out the remainder of a term after member David J. Stone resigned. An attorney, he also served on the board in the early 1970s. He was director of city social services in the late 1970s and the state secretary of human resources in the early 1980s.

"I'm very grateful to be reappointed, and I am optimistic that the school system is making some progress even though it's a difficult job," said Hettleman, who has recovered from injuries suffered in a serious car accident last month.

Parker, 38, an attorney who previously worked for the Illinois attorney general, said he hopes to help the city schools on issues involving operations, finance and technology.

"It's a huge responsibility to try and improve the opportunities and the future for all the children in Baltimore City," he said.

Basu, 36, a senior lecturer at Towson University, could not be reached for comment.

Parker and Basu will replace retiring members Patricia L. Welch, the board's most recent chairwoman, and Kenneth A. Jones, who plans to become a teacher. The board has nine adult members and one student member.

Ehrlich named Richard L. Goodall, chief executive of Dixon Valve and Coupling Co. in Chestertown, as a new member of the state school board. He reappointed board vice president Dunbar Brooks, the Baltimore Metropolitan Council's data development manager and a former Baltimore County school board president, and Karabelle A.L. Pizzigati, a policy and leadership development consultant on children and family services. Their terms are for four years.

Josh Michael, who will be a senior at Centennial High School in Ellicott City, will be the state board's student member for the 2005-2006 school year.

The new members of the community college board are Edmonia T. Yates, a retired deputy superintendent in the city school system and a former state school board member, and Donald A. Gabriel, chief appraiser for the Baltimore County Bureau of Land Acquisition. Their terms are for six years.

Mark S. Fosler of the Baltimore Community Relations Commission was reappointed the designated board chairman of the liquor board. The board's new members are Jeffrey B. Pope, a consultant and retired software engineer, and Edward Smith Jr., an attorney. Their terms will expire in May 2007.

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