I was happy to hear that Pamela Holmes is the new chairperson for the BoT. I knew Ms. Holmes through my work at Telecommunications for the Deaf [TDI] a decade ago. Ms. Holmes always struck me as a level-headed, fair and compassionate advocate for Deaf rights, and I hope she will prove herself to still be so as she chairs the BoT through the Interim Presidential Selection. Here is the text of a letter she sent to the community yesterday:
Letter from the New BOT Chair
TO: Campus Community
FROM: Pamela Holmes, ‘74, Chair
DATE: November 11, 2006
RE: Board Update Regarding Interim President Selection
On Saturday, November 11, the Board met to discuss next steps in this important transitional time at Gallaudet. I am sending you this letter as the newly appointed chair of the Board. I hope you will join me in welcoming the newly appointed vice-chair, Mr. Frank Wu. Unfortunately I was unable to attend the meeting because of flight cancellations due to snow, but I was able to participate electronically in the afternoon.
Recognizing the importance of involving the Gallaudet community, we began our day by meeting with representatives from key constituency groups including students, faculty, university staff, representatives from the Clerc Center, and alumni. Also, prior to the meeting, the Board had an opportunity to meet with representatives from a parent group. We heard from the constituency groups their ideas about what characteristics an interim president should have and what the selection process should be.
Taking into consideration the information gained in our morning meetings, the Board deliberated at length and defined the characteristics of an interim president and determined the selection process. In the afternoon, we reconvened in Executive Session and decided to establish the Interim President Selection Advisory Committee (IPSAC) to recommend candidates for the Interim President to the Board. The committee will be made up of representatives from key constituencies and will convene as soon as possible. The goal is to recommend candidates to the Board in time to have an interim president in place by the end of the year.
Further details of the composition and charge of the IPSAC will be forthcoming shortly.