Howard Beales, director of the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection, is leaving Aug. 6, returning to academe as an associate professor at George Washington University.
Lydia Parnes, deputy director of the bureau, will be acting director.
FTC Chairman Tim Muris, who tapped Beales for the post in June 2001 is also stepping down this summer to go back to college. He will be leaving to become a professor at George Mason University outside Washington.
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Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.