Barksdale to retire from reading institute

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OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Claiborne Barksdale, who has led the Barksdale Reading Institute since its inception, will retire this summer.

The 63-year-old Barksdale will step down on June 1 as BRI's chief executive officer. He'll be succeeded by Michael Cormack, who has worked with the organization since 2010.

Barksdale tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (http://bit.ly/1otK2HQ ) that he is leaving the institute in good hands.

The Oxford-based BRI was created in 2000 by former Netscape CEO Jim Barksdale and his late wife Sally. They put $100 million into efforts to help children in their home state learn to read before they reached third grade.

Claiborne Barksdale, Jim's brother, has been its CEO since 2000.

Cormack is a Boston College graduate and has a master's degree from Columbia University's Teachers College.

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Information from:

Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, http://djournal.com

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