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Paving the way for Gallaudet’s future

The Office of the President prioritizes transformation, collaboration, diversity, equity, and innovation within the university to advance our students’ dreams and aspirations. Through these strategic priorities, we establish an environment where faculty and staff become leaders in academia and students flourish in their studies and research. Altogether, our GU community functions as leaders for the deaf and hard of hearing communities worldwide. We value:
  • Transformative leadership: Understanding our global reach in leadership and innovation, we own our responsibility to represent self-determination and empowerment for deaf and hard of hearing people everywhere.
  • Inclusive Excellence: We are building an equitable, empathetic, and inclusive institution through the advancement of diverse thoughts, values, histories, policies, and practices.
  • Exceptional Teamwork: The joint effort of colleagues within our office, across divisions, and externally speak to our dedicated work in the service of advancing the University.



Meet the Team

Roberta Cordano


Kristine Gauna

Administrative Assistant

Heather Harker

Chief of Staff

Oluyinka Fakunle

Administrative Assistant

Senda Benaissa

Special Assistant to the President

Kati Mitchell

Special Assistant to the President

Laureen Obermiller

Operations Director

Karen Inman

Supervisor Operations

Kim Bianco Majeri

Board of Trustees Liaison

Susan Jacoby

Executive Director Strategic Planning

Contact Us

Office of the President

Oluyinka Fakunle

College Hall 208

(202) 250-2837

(202) 651-5005

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