December 10, 2006
UPDATE: Gallaudet University names Robert Davila interim president
From: Gallaudet - Dec 10, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sunday, Dec. 10, 2006
Contact: Mercy Coogan, Director
Office of Public Relations
Former federal administrator and college president returns to alma mater
(Washington, D.C.) Today, Gallaudet University Board of Trustees Chair Pamela Holmes announced the selection of Robert R. Davila as interim president of the university.
Dr. Davila, who is deaf, served from 1996-2004 as vice president for the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, one of seven colleges of Rochester Institute of Technology.Â In 1989, he began a four-year appointment as Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services in the Department of Education where he was the federal governmentâ€™s chief advisor on federal policy affecting the education and vocational rehabilitation of the nationâ€™s 40 million persons with disabilities.
â€œGallaudet is extremely fortunate to have Dr. Robert Davila as its interim president,â€ said Ms. Holmes. â€œHe brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to Gallaudet at a time when the University faces many opportunities, as well as many challenges.â€
Dr. Davila, who holds a Ph.D. in Educational Technology from Syracuse University, is no stranger to Gallaudet. Not only is he an alumnus [Class of 1953], but he worked on campus from 1972-1989, during which time he held progressively more responsible teaching and administrative positions, including as a member of the universityâ€™s Department of Education faculty, director of the Kendall School, acting dean of the Model Secondary School for the Deaf and, for eleven years, vice president of the Universityâ€™s Pre-College Programs.
â€œI am honored to once again serve my alma mater,â€ Dr. Davila said. â€œI am fortunate to possess the energy, drive and dedication that will be required to lead our University over the coming months. I will seek to bring support and benefit to all constituent groups on campus and beyond.â€
Dr. Davila officially assumes his presidential duties January 2, 2007.
About Gallaudet University
Gallaudet University is the world leader in liberal education and career development for deaf and hard-of-hearing undergraduate students. The University enjoys an international reputation for the outstanding graduate programs it provides deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing students, as well as for the quality of the research it conducts on the history, language, culture, and other topics related to deaf people. In addition, the Universityâ€™s Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center serves deaf and hard-of-hearing children at its two demonstration schools and throughout the nation by developing, implementing, and disseminating innovative educational strategies. Gallaudet is located in Washington, DC.