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Sunday, December 10, 2006

For Immediate Release

Gallaudet University names Robert Davila president

(Washington, D.C.) Today, Gallaudet University Board of Trustees Chair Pamela Holmes announced the selection of Robert R. Davila as president of the university.
Dr. Davila, who is deaf, served from 1996-2004 as vice president for the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, one of seven colleges of Rochester Institute of Technology.  In 1989, he began a four-year appointment as Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services in the Department of Education where he was the federal government’s chief advisor on federal policy affecting the education and vocational rehabilitation of the nation’s 40 million persons with disabilities.

“Gallaudet is extremely fortunate to have Dr. Robert Davila as its president,” said Ms. Holmes. “He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to Gallaudet at a time when the University faces many opportunities, as well as many challenges.”

Dr. Davila, who holds a Ph.D. in Educational Technology from Syracuse University, is no stranger to Gallaudet. Not only is he an alumnus [Class of 1953], but he worked on campus from 1972-1989, during which time he held progressively more responsible teaching and administrative positions, including as a member of the university’s Department of Education faculty, director of the Kendall School, acting dean of the Model Secondary School for the Deaf and, for eleven years, vice president of the University’s Pre-College Programs.

“I am honored to once again serve my alma mater,” Dr. Davila said. “I am fortunate to possess the energy, drive and dedication that will be required to lead our University over the coming months. I will seek to bring support and benefit to all constituent groups on campus and beyond.”

Dr. Davila officially assumes his presidential duties January 2, 2007.


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