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The University Magazine

NTID leader Hurwitz awarded new title

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T. Alan Hurwitz

T. Alan Hurwitz holds the new title of president of RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf. It is the first time a president has been named for NTID in the college’s 40-year history.

Hurwitz, who has headed NTID since 2003 as vice president of RIT for NTID and CEO and dean of NTID, will retain the title of vice president and dean of RIT for NTID. He was appointed dean in 1998.

“This new title reflects Dr. Hurwitz’s strong leadership of our nation’s most significant educational resource for deaf and hard-of-hearing students interested in pursuing technical careers,” says RIT President Bill Destler. “I am confident he will continue to be a strong leader for RIT and NTID.”

As president, Hurwitz will continue his comprehensive role with NTID’s external relations, such as working with the U.S. Department of Education, members of Congress and their staffs, development and alumni relations, and maintaining an active connection with national and international organizations serving deaf and hard-of-hearing people.

In addition, Hurwitz will continue his internal NTID responsibilities including academic affairs, student affairs, access services, enrollment management, outreach, and facilities management.

“I am honored and humbled to receive such a prestigious title,” said Hurwitz. “I am as proud of the wonderful work being done at RIT/NTID today as I was in 1970. I will continue to be an enthusiastic ambassador for RIT and NTID and its students.”

Hurwitz has been associated with NTID since 1970 in numerous roles. He holds two degrees in electrical engineering from Washington University at St. Louis and St. Louis University and received a doctorate in curriculum and teaching from the University of Rochester.

Hurwitz is former president of the National Association of the Deaf and former president of the World Organization of Jewish Deaf. He is also a frequent lecturer at educational institutions and conferences in the U.S. and worldwide.

Greg Livadas