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December 14, 2002

Prickett appointed new ISD superintendent

From: Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil, IA - 14 Dec 2002

DES MOINES - Jeanne Glidden Prickett, administrator of the Hawaii Center for the Deaf and the Blind, was named superintendent of Iowa School for the Deaf by the Iowa Board of Regents Saturday.

Prickett will take over the position from William P. Johnson who will retire Sept. 1, 2003.

Prickett has been administrator of the Hawaii Center for the Deaf and the Blind, part of the Hawaii Department of Education, since 1996. In that role, she implemented a comprehensive student support system and currently assists teachers in aligning educational standards with individualized education programs.

She also has worked in a number of educational, coordinating and consulting roles in serving individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing and blind. From 1990 to 1995, she was coordinator of materials development for the American Foundation for the Blind Deaf-Blind Project. She coordinated and directed the National Information Center on Deaf-Blindness at Gallaudet University and the hearing and vision impaired programs for the Central Association for Special Education in Decatur, Ill.

She has managed federal grants and contracts at Gallaudet, Johns Hopkins University and the American Foundation for the Blind.

Prickett also served as chairperson for instructional programs and services and as a hearing impaired consultant for the Dupage/West Cook Regional Special Education Association in Lombard, Ill. She also has written numerous publications, given many presentations and engaged in various consulting activities in her profession.

Prickett, who began her career as an elementary and high school resource teacher for the visually impaired, holds a doctor of education degree in special education, a master of science in education degree and a bachelor of science in education degree, all from Illinois State University. She acquired additional training in the Cohort School Leadership Program at the University of Hawaii.

Prickett was among three candidates recommended to the Board of Regents by an 11-member search committee. Her annual salary will be $110,000.

The Iowa School for the Deaf was founded in 1855, moved to its present 115-acre campus in Council Bluffs in 1870, and will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2005. In fall 2002, the school enrolled 122 students in on-campus programs and 96 students in off-campus programs.

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