Dr. T. Alan Hurwitz (BSEE 1965) became the tenth president of Gallaudet University on January 1, 2010. Before coming to Gallaudet, Dr. Hurwitz was president of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), one of eight colleges within the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Rochester, N.Y. Dr. Hurwitz also served as dean of NTID from 1998 to 2009, and as vice president and dean of RIT from 2003 to 2009. Dr. Hurwitz's career at RIT/NTID began in 1970 when he was hired as an educational specialist in RIT's College of Engineering after working five years for McDonnell Douglas Corporation as an associate electronics engineer and senior numerical control programmer. Subsequent positions at RIT/NTID include support department chair for Engineering and Computer Science Programs, director for NTID Support Services, associate dean for Educational Support Services Programs, associate vice president for NTID Outreach and External Affairs, and associate dean for Student Affairs, and project director for the Northeast Technical Assistance Center, one of the four federally funded regional centers within the PEPNet (Postsecondary Education Programs Network). He has been a full professor at NTID since 1987. During the course of his career, Dr. Hurwitz has been involved in a variety of professional and deafness-related organizations. He has served on the boards of several of these organizations, including the Rochester (N.Y.) School for the Deaf, of which he was also president. He is a past member of the board of directors of the National Captioning Institute. He is a past president of the National Association of the Deaf as well as a past president of the World Organization of Jewish Deaf. Dr. Hurwitz lectures extensively and has been widely published. Dr. Hurwitz earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Washington University at St. Louis in 1965, a master of science degree in electrical engineering from St. Louis (Mo.) University, and a doctor of education, curriculum and teaching, from the University of Rochester (N.Y.).
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