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 the Deaf.
SOURCE Pennsylvania School for the Deaf