PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The members of the
Board of Trustees of The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf (PSD) are pleased
to announce the unanimous selection of Dr. Larry S. Taub to succeed Joseph
E. Fischgrund as PSD's 15th Head of School beginning July 1, 2008. Dr. Taub
will be the first deaf individual to head the school in the modern era.
(The noted Deaf Frenchman, Laurent Clerc, served as Head Teacher at PSD
from 1821-1822.) Dr. Taub is currently Superintendent and CEO of the Maine
Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and the Governor Baxter
School for the Deaf, in Falmouth, Maine.
Dr. Taub's appointment follows an exhaustive ten-month national search
to find a successor for Mr. Fischgrund, who has been PSD's Headmaster for
the past 20 years. Dr. Jay J. Basch, President of PSD's Board of Trustees
and a PSD alumnus, said, "Since PSD has not had a school administrator who
was deaf for nearly 190 years, we are very fortunate to have Dr. Taub join
our team. His vision for PSD in the 21st century has convinced our Search
Committee and Board of Trustees to select him for this important position."
Dr. Taub brings a wealth of educational, administrative, and personal
experience to his new position. Commenting on his appointment, Dr. Taub
said, "It is a time of great challenges and expectations for the Deaf
community; we have our work cut out for us to prepare the next generation
of children to be as independent and economically emancipated as possible.
It certainly can be done!"
Deaf since birth, Dr. Taub is a member of a multi-generational Deaf
family. He attended Jr. High School 47 also known as the School for the
Deaf in New York City and later attended William Cullen Bryant High School.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Hofstra University; a
Master of Arts in Education of the Deaf degree from NYU, and a Doctor of
Education in Educational Administration degree from Columbia University. He
has worked for the last seven years at the Maine Educational Center for the
Deaf and Hard of Hearing and the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf in
Maine, and previously worked for 25 years as Assistant Principal as well as
a high school teacher at the New York School for the Deaf in White Plains.
He is a noted presenter on deaf and special education issues and a member
of the Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for
SOURCE Pennsylvania School for the Deaf