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Did I really say that about Cathie Black?

Andrew Hinderaker Mayor Bloomberg and Cathie Black at the November press conference when she was named chancellor.

When Mayor Bloomberg named Cathie Black to succeed Joel Klein as schools chancellor on Nov. 9, here’s what some “experts” had to say. Pass the salt. It’s time to eat some words.

Mayor Bloomberg

  • “I did have a public search and I picked the best person.”
  • Cathie Black is “a bold thinker who was not afraid to champion new ideas.”
  • “Ms. Black’s broad range of experience and success in business, as well as her demonstrated intelligence, integrity, versatility, leadership and management skills ... amply qualify her to be chancellor of the New York City schools.”

Joel Klein

“The issues they face, in terms of budgetary issues, teacher-employer relations, evaluations, are things she brings real expertise to. She has a lot of real management expertise, budget expertise, personnel expertise, and those are the big issues now. … I am thrilled that the mayor has selected Cathie Black, a distinguished leader.”

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan

“I think she’s going to do a great job.”

Lloyd C. Blankfein, chairman & CEO, Goldman Sachs & Co,; Kenneth Chenault, chairman & CEO, American Express Company; and other corporate leaders

“You would be hard-pressed to find a more qualified and more capable candidate than Cathie Black.”

Harlem Children’s Zone leader Geoffrey Canada

“I think it’s a tremendous appointment.”

Kathryn Wylde, CEO, Partnership for New York City

“Cathie Black is an inspired choice for chancellor. She is a first-rate manager who knows how to build consensus. She is a world class marketer, capable of understanding and meeting the needs of her customers. She knows how to develop and lead a team.”

Charter school operator Eva Moskowitz

“Cathie Black ... has the potential to spark the type of improvements our schools need today.”

Mayors Koch, Dinkins and Giuliani

“It is clear that Ms. Black certainly has an extraordinary track record of managing large organizations through trying circumstances. We believe that Mayor Bloom­berg’s faith in Ms. Black’s competence and her proven history as an outstanding executive is, in and of itself, reason enough to grant the necessary waiver.”

Former D.C. Superintendent Michelle Rhee

“Her experience has no doubt prepared her well for the challenges that lie ahead.”

New York Daily News editorial

“Cathie Black was an inspired choice by Mayor Bloomberg to replace Chancellor Joel Klein.”

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