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Atlanta transit head hired to lead MBTA

The state transportation board voted unanimously Monday to name ­Beverly A. Scott, head of Atlanta’s transit system, as the next MBTA general manager. Scott, aggressively courted by state officials, will be the first woman and the second African-American leader of the T, arriving at a time of record ridership, as well as ­financial uncertainty.

Scott, a former university professor who has spent 35 years in public transit, will leave Atlanta after five years and take a 30 percent pay cut to come to Boston. Now 61 and a widowed grandmother, Scott said she was not looking for new employment after announc­ing last winter that she would step down from MARTA, Atlanta’s transit agency, after her contract ­expires in December 2012.

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