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Two join local firm

Rachel Hernandez of Granby has been named account executive in the personal lines department. She has more than 20 years of experience in the insurance and sales industry, and most recently as an account representative with Glass America. She is fluent in Spanish and English.

Beth Pearson of Amherst has been named business development manager. Her background includes real estate development as well as employment with General Electric as marketing manager and in other roles.

New UMass health chief

AMHERST — An Amherst College alumnus is the new director of the University Health Services.

Dr. Bruce Kraut, chief of pediatrics at Munroe Regional Medical Center, in Ocala, Fla., was appointed to the post by James Sheehan, University of Massachusetts vice chancellor for administration and finance.

Sheehan said in a statement that Kraut brings a strong record of medical and administrative experience.

Kraut replaces interim director Dr. Alan Calhoun, who is retiring June 30 after being at the center since 1981.

Calhoun, who previously served as medical director, became director of the center last July when executive director Bernette Daly stepped down, said UMass spokesman Daniel Fitzgibbons.

Kraut earned a bachelor’s degree in classics at Amherst College and doctorate in classical philology at Princeton University before teaching classics at the University of Georgia. He then pursued a medical degree at Emory University and had an internship and residency in pediatrics at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.

Besides working at the medical center, he has also been an adjunct professor of classics at the University of Florida.

Johnston tapped for Building Authority chair

Johnston, of Marshfield, is president and CEO of Johnston Associates, a Boston public affairs firm he founded in 1996.

He succeeds Robert Sheridan, who served three terms as chairman and oversaw $3.4 billion in construction at UMass, including the Recreation Center at UMass Amherst.

Earlier Johnston served as chairman of the search committee that selected UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy.

From 1984 to 1991 Johnston was the state secretary of human services under Gov. Michael Dukakis after serving five consecutive terms as state representative. He also served two terms as chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party. He was New England administrator for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, appointed by President Bill Clinton.

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