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The University Magazine

NTID leader Hurwitz will become Gallaudet president

T. Alan Hurwitz


James DeCaro

T. Alan Hurwitz, president of RIT's National Technical Institute for the Deaf, has been selected to become the next president of Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.

Hurwitz will become the 10th president in Gallaudet's 145-year history on Jan. 1. James J. DeCaro, who served as dean of NTID for 14 years including two years as interim director and CEO, has been named interim president of NTID and interim vice president and dean of RIT.

Hurwitz came to NTID in 1970 after working as an engineer and computer programmer for McDonnell-Douglas. He taught and served in various administrative positions and has headed NTID since 2003.

"It is with mixed emotions I accept this new challenge," Hurwitz says. "I look forward to helping Gallaudet continue to serve its students in an environment that fosters the best educational opportunities for them. Yet I am saddened to be leaving Rochester, the home my wife, Vicki, and I have known for the past 40 years."

RIT President Bill Destler also expressed mixed feelings about Hurwitz' decision. "It has been my distinct pleasure to work with Alan and I have nothing but the highest of respect for him as a colleague and friend."

DeCaro joined NTID as an engineering technology faculty member in 1971 and currently serves as a senior research professor. 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.

DeCaro has agreed to be interim president of NTID for one year and will then return to his responsibilities at PEN-International and the NTID Center on Access Technology. A search committee will help conduct a national search for NTID's next president.

Greg Livadas