Start date: Dec. 1
Like many stories that involve bureaucracy and negotiations, though, this one also has gotten dragged out. The State Board of Education picked Eric J. Smith (left) on Oct. 8, but to date, all he has in the state capitol is an e-mail address, firstname.lastname@example.org. You get a link to it in his auto-reply when you send him an e-mail to his old job at the College Board.
Wondering when he'll finally show up, we contacted Dr. Smith and asked. Here's his brief e-mailed reply: "The transition is going well. I will officially start the 1st of December." Until then, Jeanine Blomberg remains in charge. Then we'll see how the rest of the story plays out.