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Obama to Nominate Venture-Fund Chief as Top Higher-Education Official

President Obama will nominate Ted Mitchell, chief executive of a nonprofit educational-venture fund and a former president of Occidental College, as the Education Department’s top higher-education official, the White House has announced. The news confirms recent speculation regarding Mr. Mitchell’s nomination.

If confirmed by the Senate, Mr. Mitchell would replace Martha J. Kanter as under secretary of education. Ms. Kanter said in August that she would step down this fall.

The NewSchools Venture Fund, the “venture philanthropy” fund that Mr. Mitchell leads, is focused on remaking elementary and secondary education and has supported efforts to change teacher training.

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