Warner Alumnus Named Gallaudet University President

Alan Hurwitz, a 1980 Warner graduate who is currently the president of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), has been named the tenth president of Gallaudet University, effective January 2010. His appointment was confirmed by Gallaudet University’s chair of the Board of Trustees on October 18.

Hurwitz, who received his Ed.D. in teaching and curriculum from the Warner School, has worked at NTID/RIT since 1970, serving first as an instructor in RIT’s College of Engineering and then as an NTID professor, chair, dean, and the college’s president. He has served as president of both the National Association of the Deaf and the World Organization of Jewish Deaf.

Hurwitz succeeds Robert Davila, the University’s president since 2007. Gallaudet University, located in Washington, D.C., provides education in a variety of fields relating to deaf and hard-of-hearing people, special education, and disability. It was the first school for the advanced education of deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals, and is still the world's only university in which all programs and services are specifically designed to accommodate deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

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