Dr. Isaac O. Agboola

Dr. Isaac Olubunmi Agboola was Gallaudet’s dean of the School of Education, Business, and Human Services at the time of his death in 2017 at age 60.

Born and raised in Nigeria, Dr. Agboola came to the University as an undergraduate student, matriculating from Ibadan Mission School for the Deaf, one of many schools established in Africa by Andrew Foster ’54 & H-’70.

Dr. Agboola earned his bachelor’s degree, graduating summa cum laude, in 1981, followed by a Master’s of Business Administration degree from Gallaudet in 1983. The next year, he joined the University faculty. He completed his Doctor of Philosophy degree in information systems at the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1998.

He would eventually serve as department chair from 2003 to 2007. In 2013, the University named him interim Dean of the School of Education, Business, and Human Services. By 2016, the position became permanent.

The Dr. Isaac O. Agboola ’81 & G-’83 Memorial Fund provides financial support for full-time deaf and hard of hearing students from Africa, preferably of Nigerian descent. If no African student fits the criteria, then the funds will go to deaf and hard of hearing students from any developing country in good academic standing and demonstrated financial need.



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