T. Alan Hurwitz became the 10th president of Gallaudet University on January 1, 2010, and has the distinction of being the first ‘born deaf’ president in Gallaudet’s history.
Gallaudet University, federally chartered in 1864, is a bilingual, diverse, multicultural institution of higher education that ensures the intellectual and professional advancement of Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals through American Sign Language and English.
During his tenure at Gallaudet, Dr. Hurwitz has overseen the ongoing establishment of four pre-graduate programs including law, medicine, architecture and business; the opening of a world-class neuroimaging research laboratory; and new relationships forged internationally and nationally in Beijing, Panama and with the U.S. federal government.
Previously, Dr. Hurwitz served as president of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, and vice president and dean of Rochester Institute of Technology. Dr. Hurwitz has been active in a variety of professional and deafness-related organizations and serves on a number of boards and organizations serving deaf persons, including the Rochester School for the Deaf and the National Captioning Institute. He is a former president of the National Association of the Deaf and has traveled and lectured extensively nationally and internationally.
As a role model, Dr. Hurwitz has had a great impact locally on the lives of Deaf and Hard of Hearing people in our community. Not only has he visited our region and our campus, he has made a lasting impression on the hundreds of our neighbors who were filled with the hope and inspiration that he provides. For Fresno State students and faculty, he has offered a clear path to academic success and has spent countless hours interacting not only with the community at large, but also with our students, staff and faculty during his visits. He is recognized as one of the pioneers of leadership in the world of Deaf education.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from St. Louis University and a Doctor of Education in curriculum and teaching from the University of Rochester.
Dr. Hurwitz is widely published, and he lectures extensively throughout the world on topics such as education, rights for people with disabilities, Deaf culture and American Sign Language. He recently received the Council for Advancement and Support of Education District II Chief Executive Leadership Award and the Washington University in St. Louis School of Engineering Alumni Achievement Award.
In recognition of his achievements, his outstanding leadership, and enormous contributions locally, regionally and nationally and as a role model for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the Board of Trustees of the California State University and California State University, Fresno are proud to confer upon T. Alan Hurwitz the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.