- Associated Press - Sunday, July 11, 2010

BOSTON (AP) — The incoming head of the National Governors Association said on Sunday that he will make increasing the number of students who complete college his focus.

West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin III, a Democrat, assumed the chairmanship of the NGA on Sunday from Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas, a Republican.

Mr. Manchin said he will work to unite governors, higher education officials, campus leaders and corporate chief executives behind the college initiative he calls “Complete to Compete.”

Whether Mr. Manchin will be there to see the effort to fruition is a question. He has said it’s likely he will announce Monday he is running this fall for the seat vacated by the death of Democratic Sen. Robert C. Byrd.


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