NTID/RIT announces finalists for President Post

RIT/NTID announces finalists for President post:

Sent: Thursday, September 16, 2010 4:12 PM

To Members of the RIT Community

Subject:  NTID Presidential Search Finalists

On behalf of the Search Committee for President, NTID and Vice President/Dean for RIT, we are pleased to announce the three finalists and dates during which they will be on campus to meet with members of the RIT/NTID community.

Very brief snapshots of finalists’ backgrounds are provided.  We expect to post more extensive information about each on the RIT website by Friday, September 24.  All three are deaf/hard-of-hearing.  All have significant and varied experiences in their communities and with external organizations, and all have been externally recognized for their outstanding leadership and service. The finalists are:

Gerard Buckley, Ed.D. Dr. Buckley has over 30 years higher education experience with the most recent 20 serving in a variety of capacities at NTID.  From 1990- 1993 Dr. Buckley served as Chairperson and Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Outreach at NTID, followed by five years as Center Director, Center for Outreach, NTID and Assistant Professor, Social Work Support Team at RIT.  From 1998 to 2003 he served as Associate Dean for Student Services, NTID.  Since 2004, Dr. Buckley has held the position of Assistant Vice President for College Advancement, NTID.  An alumnus of NTID and RIT’s College of Liberal Arts with a B.S. degree in Social Work (high honors), Dr. Buckley holds an M.S.W. from University of Missouri and an Ed.D. in Special Education from the University of Kansas.  Campus visit Sept 29-30.

Roberta J. Cordano, J.D. Ms. Cordano’s career includes experience in government, higher education and health care. From 1990 to 2000 she served as Assistant Attorney General for Minnesota working first in  the Consumer Division and subsequently in the Charities Division.   From 2000-2008 at University of Minnesota she served first as Director of Disability Services, Office of Disability Services, followed  by  Assistant Dean, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.  Most recently she served as Vice President of Park Nicollet Health Services in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, and Interim President of the Center for Healthcare Innovation at Allina Hospitals and Clinics in Minneapolis.  Ms. Cordano  holds a B.A. degree (Cum Laude) from  Beloit College, Wisconsin, with a major in sociology  and a J.D. from University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, WI.  Campus visit October 4-5.

John C. Wyvill, J.D.     Mr. Wyvill’s  career initially was in private law practice in Arkansas and  subsequently spanned  administrative positions in Workforce Education, Health and Human Services, and  several government positions, mostly in Arkansas.  From 2006 to present Mr. Wyvill is a Public Member of United States Access Board appointed by the President of the United States.  He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Kaplan University in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Since 1996, after practicing as an attorney for four years, Mr. Wyvill served  three years as Assistant Legal Counsel, Office of Governor, Arkansas,.  Between 1999 and 2007 in Arkansas  Wyvill held positions first as Commissioner, Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, and  second as Director, Arkansas Department of Workforce Education.  From 2007-2009 he served as Director, Nebraska HHS Division of Developmental Disabilities in Lincoln, NE.   Mr. Wyvill holds a B.A. in political science (with distinction) from Hendrix College, Arkansas, and a J.D. from University of Arkansas Little Rock School of Law.  Campus visit October 7-8.

Visit schedules (including a videotaped open forum in Panera Theatre) are being finalized.  We look forward to this important phase of the search process with the finalists.


Jim Miller, Co-chair                     Chris Kurz, Co-chair


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Karen Mayes
    Sep 17, 2010 @ 00:11:22

    I see that two of the candidates have law degrees… hmm…

    Hypothetically, how the candidates with legal experiences could contribute to NTID? Will the legal experiences be more beneficial in the long run than just educational experiences? I know that the legal background could help the Deaf people to get more recognition in the government’s eyes… but can someone tell me about the quality of having the legal backgrounds for the position to run a college? I’d understand the part about the people managing law schools would have some legal background…

  2. handeyes
    Sep 17, 2010 @ 12:23:46

    Heye Karen

    my understanding is the J.D. degree is considered a terminal degree in academia – our finalists would need to have PhDs, EdDs, or JDs in order to make it to the finalists ranking.

    If the two lawyers (JDs) didnt have any administrative experience then their lawyer credential might be more questionable. Given they both have very high ranking administrative experience, it seems that their law degrees and the skill set involved in being an arbitrator has served them well for political arenas and administration.

    Many of our U.S. presidents were lawyers and I believe many college presidents (not just deans of law schools) have had law degrees.



  3. Val Nelson-Metlay
    Sep 17, 2010 @ 12:25:18

    I’ve googled Cordona and Wyvill. You should try it. Seems their law degrees are in addition to other experiences.

    What I found:

    Cordona seems to be well-known on her research on Universal Design specifically for Deaf and HOH students-she seems impressive.

    Wyvill seems more into Voc Rehab issues and I can’t find what his views are regarding Deaf/HOH education.

  4. handeyes
    Sep 17, 2010 @ 13:09:55

    Thanks Val
    that is what i saw also. Cordano has alot of experience with bilngualism-biculturalism also – serving on several Deaf school boards etc. Not clear to me what post Wyvill is currently holding.


  5. MyOpinion
    Oct 05, 2010 @ 23:52:28

    My vote is Cordona, time for change! Something new and different!! She can bring in funds.

    Buckley has been around too long to know the old system. Need a different face at NTID.

    Wyvill is still new and unknown in the deaf education community.

    Just my opinion!

    Wondering will there be public video on website for the interviews? If so, where’s the link?

    Would like to see the signing styles of each of them. Public speaking is the key to get people’s votes.

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