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Gallaudet's new president, future

Gallaudet's new president, future

Gallaudet University has appointed Roberta "Bobbi" Cordano as its next president; she is widely expected to transform the private school, which educates deaf and hard of hearing students, for the 21st century. But the story of Gallaudet's reformation actually begins nearly a decade ago.

In 2006, stakeholders at Gallaudet were taking the first steps in a Gallaudet revolution, reforming a 150-year-old entrenched bureaucracy of paternalism.

At the time, I wrote in an op-ed for The Sun, stating that the university faced a defining moment. The university board, I wrote, "needs to move expeditiously to become more inclusive and transparent, while demanding...