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Hurwitz named vice president, NTID dean

“I’m ready to take NTID to the next level,” says T. Alan Hurwitz, who was appointed vice president for RIT and CEO/dean for NTID in November following an extensive national search.

His confidence is backed up by 30 years of experience and a host of accomplishments. “His breadth of knowledge and experience make him a natural fit for the job,” says President Albert Simone.

T. Alan Hurwitz, NTID dean and RIT VP.

“My top priority is to continue benefiting our students through curricular and research innovation,” Hurwitz says. “I look forward to working closely with our faculty and staff to pursue the critical initiatives that will keep RIT the leader in educating deaf and hard-of-hearing people.”

Hurwitz, who replaces the retiring Robert Davila, has served as NTID’s dean for the past five years. Hurwitz brought his experience as an electronics engineer and numerical control programmer from McDonnell Douglas Corp. to NTID in 1970. He taught math, electronics and computer science.

He has served as director for NTID support services, associate dean for educational support services, associate vice president for NTID Outreach and External Affairs and associate dean for student affairs. Hurwitz also served as the director of the Northeast Technical Assistance Center at NTID.

He earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Washington University at St. Louis and holds a master of science degree in electrical engineering from St. Louis University and an Ed.D. in curriculum and teaching from the University of Rochester. He also completed the management and leadership in education program from Harvard Institute for Higher Education.

Hurwitz, born profoundly deaf and the son of deaf parents, serves on a number of boards including the Rochester School for the Deaf and the National Captioning Institute. He is a former president of the National Association of the Deaf and a member of AT&T’s Consumers Strategies and Issues Council. He formerly served on the board of the American Society of Deaf Children and the Telecommunications for the Deaf Inc.