James DeCaro, a senior research professor at National Technical Institute for the Deaf, has assumed the position of interim president of NTID and interim vice president and dean of RIT.
RIT President Bill Destler announced his selection after current NTID President Alan Hurwitz was picked to become president at Gallaudet University in Washington effective Jan. 1.
DeCaro served as dean of NTID for 14 years, including two years as interim director and CEO.
Since leaving the deanship, DeCaro has been awarded more than $12 million in grants and contracts. He is director of NTID’s Postsecondary Education Network-International, a multinational collaborative network of colleges and universities serving deaf students. PEN-International is funded by grants from the Nippon Foundation of Japan.
DeCaro is also director of the NTID Center on Access Technology, a center that focuses on the application of innovative technologies to facilitate access to educational settings for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Hurwitz became Gallaudet University's 10th president this past fall. He had worked at RIT/NTID since 1970, first as an instructor in RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering and, subsequently, as an NTID professor, department chair, dean and the college’s president.