Deaf President Now
"If deaf persons are
not considered good enough to run the university then what's the point
of having a university for deaf people?"
Sussman Gallaudet faculty member
When Gallaudet University
began searching for a new president, qualified deaf applicants were
encouraged to apply. Two of the three finalists were deaf. The
selection of the hearing applicant was announced in March 1988 and
students, alumni, faculty, and staff closed down the University in
protest. Following an outpouring of support from around the world,
Gallaudet's first deaf president, Dr. I. King Jordan, was appointed
along with a new deaf chair of the Board of Trustees. The University
also pledged to establish a deaf majority on the Board of Trustees.
During the week-long protest, Dr.
I. King Jordan, with his wife Linda Jordan by his side, spoke to
protesters supporting their demands.