T. Alan Hurwitz

T. Alan Hurwitz, president of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) at Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, has been chosen as the next president of Gallaudet University, Washington, starting on January 1.

Hurwitz was among the four finalists announced for the position in September, says a statement released by NTID. He arrived at NTID in 1970 after working as an engineer and computer programmer for McDonnell-Douglas. Hurwitz taught and served in various administrative positions, and has headed NTID since 2003.

Hurwitz will become Gallaudet’s 10th president in the university’s 145-year history.

RIT President Bill Destler says he expects to announce plans soon for an interim president to head NTID while a national search is conducted for Hurwitz’s successor.

Hurwitz said he plans to assist with the leadership transition at NTID, and reflected on its success. “Our applications continue to be strong,” he said in the statement. ”Enrollment is the highest it has ever been in our 42-year history. Our students are still finding good jobs upon graduation despite tough economic times.”

[Source: NTID]