Claire Bugen is the superintendent and chief executive officer of the Texas School for the Deaf (TSD). She has more than 30 years experience serving in administrative roles in schools and programs for deaf students. Bugen has been active in professional organizations her entire career. She has served as president and secretary of the Convention of American Instructors of the Deaf (CAID) and the Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf (CEASD), and presently chairs CEASD's Accreditation of Schools Committee and serves as a member of CEASD's Government Relations Committee. Bugen was pivotal in the development of the National Agenda for the Education of Deaf Students, a coalition of parent, consumer, professional, and advocacy organizations working to develop an effective, communication-driven educational delivery system for deaf students. Her recent awards include Outstanding Women in Texas Government and the Robert R. Davila award for meritorious contributions to the field of deafness, presented by CEASD.


  • Educational Administration Certificate, Texas State University, 1981
  • M.A., Special Education/Learning Disabilities, University of Missouri, 1971
  • B.A., Education of the Deaf, Mac Murray College, 1968