Gallaudet University President T. Alan Hurwitz elevated to NEAC Presidents' Council Chair
GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – Gallaudet University President T. Alan Hurwitz has been appointed chair of the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Presidents’ Council as announced by the conference. Dr. Hurwitz, who is the first deaf person to hold this position in NEAC history, will serve a two-year term, beginning immediately, after successfully serving a two-year appointment as its vice-chair.
Dr. Hurwitz takes over for Well College President Lisa Marsh Ryerson, who served as the NEAC Presidents’ Council chair for the past two years. Ryerson will now serve as interim vice-chair to assist Dr. Hurwitz until a permanent vice-chair is appointed at the council’s next meeting. This announcement along with the changes at chair and vice-chair for the NEAC Board of Athletic Directors took place this past Tuesday at the annual Presidents’ Council spring meeting held at SUNYIT.
Dr. Hurwitz became the tenth president of Gallaudet University in January 2010. Prior to Gallaudet, Dr. Hurwitz was president of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), one of eight colleges within the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Rochester, NY. Dr. Hurwitz also served as dean of NTID from 1998 to 2009 and as vice president of RIT from 2003 to 2009. Dr. Hurwitz began his career in higher education at RIT/NTID in 1970.
Gallaudet officially joined the NEAC during the 2010-11 season after being in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) for 20 years. Gallaudet was a charter member of the CAC that formed back in 1989.
The NEAC was re-formed in 2004 with 12 independent colleges who wanted be a part of a conference. The current membership stands at 13 full fledge institutions from District of Columbia, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania to go with several associate members. The NEAC membership includes Cazenovia College, College of St. Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Morrisville State College, Penn State University-Abington, Penn State University-Berks, Penn State University-Harrisburg, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Institute of Technology, Wells College and Wilson College. The associate members are Hilbert College, Medaille College and Rutgers University-Camden.
About the NEAC
The NEAC and its member institutions operate intercollegiate athletics programs that must be consistent with the NCAA Division III philosophy. The NEAC recognizes that intercollegiate athletics are an integral and essential part of the collegiate experience and should operate in harmony with the educational mission of its member institutions. NEAC members must strive to uphold the highest ethical standards of athletic competition. Membership in the NEAC is intended for colleges and universities that provide a broad base of athletic competition for men and women. For more information about the NEAC please log onto www.neacsports.com.
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. Gallaudet maintains a proud tradition of research and scholarly activity and prepares its graduates for career opportunities in a highly competitive, technological, and rapidly changing world. For more information about Gallaudet University please log onto www.gallaudet.edu.