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T. Alan Hurwitz, Gallaudet’s 10th president
Dr. T. Alan Hurwitz became the tenth president of Gallaudet University on January 1, 2010. Prior to Gallaudet, Hurwitz was president of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), one of eight colleges within the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Rochester, N.Y. Hurwitz also served as dean of NTID from 1998 to 2009, and as vice president and dean of RIT from 2003 to 2009. Hurwitz began his career in the engineering field before transitioning to higher education.
Throughout his career, Hurwitz has been involved with many professional and deafness-related organizations including American Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities, Association on Higher Education and Disabilities, American Association of Higher Education, American Society for Deaf Children, Inc., Telecommunications for the Deaf, Inc., and American Educational Research Association. Hurwitz is currently chair of the United East Conference Presidents’ Council, the first deaf person to hold this position in NEAC history. He previously served as the NEAC Presidents’ Council vice-chair. Hurwitz is also a past president of the National Association of the Deaf as well as the World Organization of Jewish Deaf.
Hurwitz has been widely published and lectured extensively throughout the world on topics such as education, rights for people with disabilities, deaf culture, and American Sign Language. Hurwitz holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from St. Louis University, and a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in curriculum and teaching from the University of Rochester.
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In 1856, Amos Kendall, a postmaster general during two presidential administrations, donated two acres of his estate in northeast Washington, D.C. to establish a school and housing for 12 deaf and six blind students. The following year, Kendall persuaded Congress to incorporate the new school,...
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