First Deaf Individual in 185 Years to Head Pennsylvania School for the Deaf (PSD); Dr. Larry Taub to Succeed Joseph Fischgrund in July 2008

Dec 05, 2007, 00:00 ET from Pennsylvania School for the Deaf

    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