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Let’s Go In
My Journey to a University Presidency

T. Alan Hurwitz

Fall 2020

  $29.95t print edition
$29.95 e-book

“Educator, leader, role model—T. Alan Hurwitz has been both a witness to and participant in historic changes in education, technology, and law that have revolutionized life for Deaf people. Hurwitz reveals how he rose above many challenges to achieve not just personal victories, but victories for the Deaf community.”

—Paul Ogden, Professor Emeritus at California State University, Fresno, founder of The Silent Garden, and author of My Life of Language

Alan Hurwitz ascended the ranks of academia to become the president of not one, but two, universities—National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology and Gallaudet University. In Let’s Go In: My Journey to a University Presidency, Hurwitz discusses the unique challenges he encountered as a Deaf person, and the events, people, and experiences that shaped his personal and professional life. He demonstrates the importance of building a strong foundation for progressive leadership roles in higher education, and provides insights into the decision-making and outreach required of a university president, covering topics such as community collaboration, budget management, and networking with public policy leaders. He also stresses that assessing students’ needs should be a top priority. As he reflects on a life committed to service in higher education, Hurwitz offers up important lessons on the issues, challenges, and opportunities faced by deaf and hard of hearing people, and in doing so, inspires future generations of deaf people to aim for their highest goals.

T. Alan Hurwitz is President Emeritus of Gallaudet University, and President and Dean Emeritus of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Hurwitz also served as vice president and dean of RIT. An electrical engineer by training, Hurwitz’s career at RIT/NTID began in 1970 when he was hired as an educational specialist in RIT’s College of Engineering. During the course of his career, he has served in leadership positions in a variety of professional and deaf advocacy organizations. Among the many awards he has received, he holds an honorary doctorate from California State University at Fresno and he was honored as the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s CEO of the Year.

Print Edition: ISBN 978-1-944838-62-1, 6 x 9 paperback, 216 pages, 25 photographs


E-Book: ISBN 978-1-944838-63-8


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