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Name: Roderick Raynor Paige                                                           
Born: 17 June 1933 Monticello, Mississippi                                           
Roderick Raynor "Rod" Paige (born June 17, 1933), served as the 7th United           
States Secretary of Education from 2001 to 2005. Paige, who grew up in               
Mississippi, built a career on a belief that education equalizes opportunity,         
moving from college dean and school superintendent to be the first African           
American to serve as the nation's education chief.                                   
Paige was sitting with George W. Bush at the Emma E. Booker Elementary School in     
Sarasota, Florida, when Bush received the news that a second plane had hit the       
World Trade Center in the September 11, 2001 attacks.                                 
On November 15, 2004, Paige announced his resignation after overseeing the           
President's education agenda for four years. White House domestic policy adviser     
Margaret Spellings was nominated as his successor. The U.S. Senate confirmed her     
on January 20, 2005 after Bush's inauguration for a second term.                     
Born in Monticello, Mississippi, Paige is the son of public school educators. He     
earned a bachelor's degree from Jackson State University in Mississippi and a         
Master's degree and an Ed.D from Indiana University Bloomington.