NEW YORK (AP) — The incoming chancellor of New York City’s public school system is pleading with the public to give her a chance to show that she can do the job.

Publishing executive Cathie Black defended her skills and experience as a manager of large, complex organizations in her first interview since being named to oversee the nation’s largest school system. The interview was broadcast Sunday on WABC-TV.

Black said she is a “strong, seasoned manager,” while deflecting questions about her educational experience.

The 66-year-old Hearst Magazines chairwoman has faced criticism over her lack of education experience since being appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The state granted her a waiver last week to bypass a requirement that chancellors have credentials as educators.

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