Associated Press has announced Brueggemann plans to step down this week from the BoT at Gallaudet. It also reported that McCain resigned in disagreement with the decision to terminate Dr. Fernandes. My earlier interpretation of this event being a political move appears to be in error. However, I am happy with these two departures from the Board. Any other Fernandes supporter who leaves the BoT or Gallaudet will make the job of eradicating the cancer on Gallaudet’s campus that much easier. -Ken @ bibliomarket
McCain Resigns Gallaudet Trustee Post
The Associated Press
Wednesday, November 8, 2006; 1:13 AM
WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain has resigned as a trustee of the nation’s only liberal arts university for the deaf after its board voted to revoke the appointment of the school’s incoming president, a university spokeswoman said.
Gallaudet University planned to announce the Arizona Republican’s departure Wednesday, spokeswoman Mercy Coogan said. The announcement will also note that board chairwoman Brenda Jo Brueggemann decided to step down this week, Coogan said.
McCain described the board’s decision as unfair in a letter to outgoing President I. King Jordan this week, she said.
The Washington Post reported that Brueggemann, a professor at Ohio State University, said in an e-mail Tuesday she had considered resigning since Oct. 29, when the board voted to end Jane Fernandes’ appointment after a month of demonstrations and hunger strikes by students.
Students and faculty had criticized Fernandes, saying she was autocratic and unable to tackle some of the university’s long-term problems as provost.
Fernandes, 50, has said she became a lightning rod for those frustrated about changes in deaf culture. She had spoken about expanding Gallaudet, known for its expertise in and adherence to American Sign Language, to all kinds of deaf people _ those with cochlear implants, those who speak and those who do not sign well.
But some students said they were worried about preserving sign language and perhaps being left behind if other forms of communication became more prevalent on campus.