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Fanjul takes over Smart Start

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RALEIGH, N.C. — After a nationwide search for a new president, the North Carolina Partnership for Children has tapped Stephanie Fanjul to lead the organization, which oversees the state’s Smart Start program.

From 1994 to 2000, Fanjul served as director of the N.C. Division of Child Development in the state Department of Health and Human Services, where she was involved in the creation of Smart Start and the N.C. Partnership for Children.

Fanjul served most recently as director of student achievement for the National Education Association.

She will take the reins of the Partnership on Feb. 1, replacing Karen Ponder, who in August announced her plans to step down.

Ponder recently received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, one of the state’s highest honors, for her contributions to North Carolina through her work with Smart Start.

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