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The Gallaudet University Board of Trustees met on campus February 26-28 with “Positioning for Long-Term Success” as the theme of its meeting. The Board met with faculty and administrators on the proposed restructuring of Academic Affairs and reviewed proposals from the Creativity Way Steering Committee on Sixth Street redevelopment.

Board committees met under a temporary new structure and held several meetings in closed or executive session. Highlights include:

  • The Committee on Audit and Compliance received a clean audit by Baker Tilly for Fiscal Year 2019, and had its A+ credit rating reaffirmed by Standard & Poor.

  • The Board met new university leaders Dominic Lacy, Chief Operating Officer; Dr. Laurene Simms, Chief Bilingual Officer; and Nicholas Gould, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement.

  • The Office of General Counsel provided updates on the whistleblower program.

  • The Board reviewed enrollment data on undergraduate and graduate students.

  • The Board discussed setting Fiscal Year 2021 performance goals for the President.

  • The Board endorsed a budget development process that will shift planning from a yearly basis to a three-year basis.

The highlight from our three days on campus was time with students. We dined in the Plaza Dining Hall as students talked about their experiences at Gallaudet. We were amazed by how visual and motion technologies developed by our students aim to reimagine the visitor experience at the Kellogg Conference Hotel and eventually in the labs and spaces along Creativity Way. We are grateful to SBG and GSA as well as the Visual Gesture Knowledge Studio team for making those experiences possible. 

External relations played a prominent role in this meeting. We enjoyed a professional basketball game between the Washington Wizards and the Brooklyn Nets at Capitol One Arena, a gift from the D.C. Office of the Mayor in appreciation for their use of campus facilities prior to Mayor Muriel Bowser’s annual accountability report on January 13 at the Kellogg Conference Hotel. The Board recognized Congressman G.K. Butterfield (D-North Carolina) with a resolution for his strong support of Gallaudet University and the Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf. Congresswoman Donna Shalala (D-Florida), who replaced Butterfield as one of our three Public Trustees, attended our closing luncheon and chatted with Trustees and academic leaders.

Posted by Darrius Doe | Posted March 15, 2020 at 2:34 PM


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