As IBM chief executive and newly appointed chairman Samuel J. Palmisano confronts the fallout in the education community from his company's alleged eRate infractions, outgoing chairman Louis V. Gerstner has set his sights on aspirations far removed from educators' concerns.

Gerstner, well known for his calls for sweeping education reform, will take the helm of The Carlyle Group, the politically connected investment league whose rarefied leadership and investor roster ranges from former President George Bush to, until recently, the Saudi family of Osama bin Laden.

Gerstner will become chairman

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