Senator John McCain No Longer on BoT

Press Release

November 7, 2006

3:00 pm Eastern Standard Time

As of this afternoon, Tuesday, November 7, 2006, the official Web site of Gallaudet University has been changed to reflect a new vacancy on the Gallaudet Board of Trustees:

Senator John McCain is no longer listed as being a member of the Gallaudet Board of Trustees.

His name was listed there this morning, as a trustee, but his name has just recently been removed within the past hour or so. Word had been circulating throughout the Gallaudet community of an impending change since this morning.

The Education of the Deaf Act of 1986 (as amended) provides that 3 members of Congress (one senator and two representatives) be appointed to the Gallaudet Board of Trustees. They have full voting privileges.

Rep. Lynn Woolsey of California is a Congressional member of the Board, as is Rep. Ray LaHood of Illinois.

Here is the current make up of the Board, per

Board of Trustees

  • Cynthia W. Ashby, Georgia
  • Dr. Brenda Jo Brueggemann, Chair, Ohio
  • Susan J. Elliott, G-’77, Colorado
  • Dr. Harvey Goodstein, ’65, Arizona
  • Bill Graham, Secretary, Washington
  • Cheryl Heppner, Virginia
  • Pamela Holmes, ’74, Vice Chair, Wisconsin
  • Dr. Tom Humphries, ’68 & G-’72, California
  • Nancy Kelly-Jones, ’72 & G-’75, Illinois
  • L. Richard Kinney, Wisconsin
  • Ken H. Levinson, California
  • Pamela Lloyd-Ogoke, North Carolina
  • Frank Ross, Maryland
  • Benjamin J. Soukup, Jr., E-’74 & H-’00, South Dakota
  • Christopher D. Sullivan, New Jersey
  • Charles V. Williams, Ohio
  • Frank H. Wu, Michigan

Voting Trustees Public Members

  • The Honorable Ray LaHood, Illinois
  • The Honorable Lynn Woolsey, California
  • U.S Senator – vacancy

Senator McCain’s office never returned calls from reporters seeking comment about the Gallaudet protest.

Rep. Woolsey, on the other hand, was actively engaged in meeting with protesters and administrators of Gallaudet during the protest, having assigned two staff members to look into the matter.

Rep. Ray LaHood apparently stayed uninvolved and did not make changes in his travel plans in order to attend the recent Board meeting of Oct. 29 when Jane Fernandes’s contract to be the Ninth President of Gallaudet was rescinded.

[note from Ken: the bylaws of Gallaudet state:]

Section 2.2.1 Voting Trustees — Public Members. Three Voting Trustees shall be public members (“Public Members”), one of whom shall be a United States Senator appointed by the President of the Senate, and two shall be Members of the House of Representatives appointed by the Speaker of the House. The Public Members shall be appointed for a term of two years commencing at the beginning of each Congress, shall be eligible for reappointment, and shall serve until their successors are appointed.

Section 2.2.9  Termination.  A Trustee’s term shall automatically expire upon death or upon the filing of a written resignation with the Secretary of the Board.

Section 2.2.10  Removal.  The Board, by vote of a majority of all Voting Trustees then in office, is authorized to remove any Trustee (except the Public Members) who may refuse or neglect to discharge the duties of a Trustee, or whose removal, in the judgment of said majority, is in the interest and welfare of the University. Notice of any proposed removal shall be provided to all Board members at least ten days in advance of such vote.

Section 2.2.11 Vacancies. In the event of any vacancy of the Board, such vacancy shall be filled as provided in this Article of these Bylaws. Interim vacancies of Public Members shall be filled for the unexpired portion of the term of the Trustee being replaced. Interim vacancies of Non-Public Members may be filled for the unexpired portion of the term of the Trustee being replaced or for a longer period (but not more than three years) as the Board deems appropriate.

[further, the bylaws state:]

Section 4.6  Quorum and Voting.  Nine Voting Trustees shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. The affirmative vote of a majority of all Voting Trustees then in office shall be required to amend these Bylaws, to remove a Trustee, or to elect or remove a President. The affirmative vote of a majority of the Voting Trustees present at a meeting at which a quorum is present shall constitute action of the Board on all other matters, unless the vote of a greater number is required by law or by these Bylaws.

[by this I interpret today’s announcement to be a resignation by McCain.  He was not removed from the BoT. He removed himself. What possible motivations could he have for doing so? is it related to his intention to run for President of the U.S.? Or is it due to a internal conflict with other members of the Board? In any case, according to  Section 2.2.1, McCain’s replacement can only be appointed by the President of the Senate, and McCain should not have been allowed to resign until his successor IS appointed.]


3 thoughts on “Senator John McCain No Longer on BoT

  1. As update news about Dr. Brenda Jo Brueggemann, Chair, Ohio (not graduate from Gallaudet) and possible comes from mainstream college?? Am I right???

    In my thinking twice before sent a Thank you note email to Dr. Brenda Jo Brueggemann, Chair, Ohio to resign as a chairperson of BoT. I know that she is not Gallaudet Alumnian.

    Possible she is one of the mainstream college students that have no interest to take or have ASLTA or Society of ASL Guardians Certification requirement in the State of Ohio?? I am aware of that Brenda is currently works at Deaf Studies in OSU????


  2. I just read this Juicy McCain link:

    I read about John McCain’s biography on Wikipedia Link.

    No wonder that POW McCain was held as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam for five-and-a-half years, mostly in the infamous Hanoi Hilton. He comes from abused POW and that could not be able to recover from abusing his own ex-wife or currently 2nd wife. No wonder he could not be able to managed his own stress with the currently election votes and possible will run for 2008 President?

    At last I feel that we need the next new more healthy mental BoT for the best Gallaudet or Clerc University interests.


  3. additional note from Ken:

    as noted in this letter
    [ ]

    when McCain was installed on the BoT in 1995:

    “The Arizona Republican will replace Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii) as a public member of the Board. The Senate trustee, who must be a member of the majority party in the Senate, is appointed by the Vice President of the United States, who also serves as president of the Senate.”

    It is entirely possible that the Republicans wanted to replace McCain NOW, with another Republican senator, since they are afraid they will lose the control of the Senate in today’s election. After all, they dumped Democratic Senator Inouye off Gallaudet’s Board in 1995 when they won control of the Senate 12 years ago.


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