Is Gallaudet President Search over?

Dr. Jane FernandesIf you get chance to view announcement and pictures at, you will see how people react when they made final announcement. There’s a guy who either jump or ran to Dr. Jane Fernandes in this video. Also, you will notice that many people in this audience seem not so exciting or jumping when they announced.

Before I go on, I want to congratulate Dr Jane Fernandes for success 9th president at Gallaudet University. It’s been a year long to search best candidates to be next president and we are here now.

Is it over? Maybe. Who knows?

From what I understand that several deaf protest fight back and request meeting with search committee team. They want to know why they pick her over Dr. Ronald Stern. They are supposed to have meeting next week. We will see how it goes.

Anyway, I talked to one of my friend who prefers not to name – he is student himself and work for Gallaudet University, too. See what he told me after I am trying to understand why so many people dislike Jane. See what they told me – you decide.

“…she is aloof, and doesn’t interact with students; she’s just not "president" material. Honestly, the committee didn’t do a great job.”

“…the problem is… that a president has to be likeable and social. The job is primarily that of fundraising and public face of the university. She is not social, does not give a good first impression.”

“..But it was a disaster. Protesting on campus now… a big uproar… a few students got arrested. Some faculty is threatening to quit. A few students already unenrolled.”

Note: I’ve been to Gallaudet University once in my lifetime but my sister and relatives/friends graduate, attend and/or work there in the past. Some still does today. 

Grant W Laird Jr.

7 comments on this post.
  1. Me is the Ridor:

    Please cite where the video clip came from — it was from my website with my friend’s permission.


  2. Me is the Ridor:

    And one more thing, why congratulate her? Would you do that to Zinser?



  3. Grant W Laird Jr:

    Link fixed – it now goes to your website :)


  4. theKorn:

    with my pleasure… i plan to update the rest of the videoclips by today

  5. Sam © Copyright from Texas:

    I felt that they’re immature and being silly as they may use their personal against Jana that something she have been done to some people. I understand that she is from Hawaii and she also work for Jordan King.

    I am sure that committees (hearing and deaf) use their wisdom to choice someone who have excellent experience and running better suit for Gally. Maybe I am wrong. Which important? Personal or Busisness? I except that lady help improve students get better grade and be successful graduation. Since there are low amount students made to earn degree. Sure, president also need good communicate and socialable with student and facuty but I don’t have idea why. ha.

  6. Carley:

    Hello, I have to agree with Sam I have been working for Jane Fernandes. she’s not what people think she is. She deserves a chance from gallaudet community that she can prove them wrong or right. She is the one who brings all community together and bring up all issues that need a lot of attention. To my understand, she will take them seriously and hope that she is going to do something about it which I believe that she will. she have my faith 100%.

  7. Wizened Alumnus:

    Yes, I believe it is over insofar as the final selection is concerned. Now, if Ms. Fernandes does not perform satisfactorily as president beginning in 2007, then it is the Board’s responsibility to take care of that and maybe even “un-hire” her if it is serious enough.

    The students and Faculty Senate can do whatever they want to do in the Fall as long as they don’t become too nasty or violent or dosrupt too much. It is their right to free speech, but there is a limit to what that means.

    The complain about Ms. Fernandes being “unfit” for the job because of her unpopularity was not enough for the Board to select one of the other two finalists. Mr. Stern apparently was the surprise finalist because he did
    not meet a couple of the basic requirements. I’m sure you know about that?

    The Gallaudet student body and faculty have had some unpleasant experiences with Ms. Fernandes, I guess, but they did not have an official vote on the Board. The Board had to act on which finalist bad the BEST “paper” qualifications, plus actual post-secondary administrative experience. That was Ms. Fernandes.

    Now, can she do the job? Wait and see.

    As for faculty resignations because of Ms. Fernandes being the new president, I don’t believe there will be very many DEAF ones leaving. Gallaudet is too comfy and prestigious for them to want to go anywhere else.

    Your best bet now, is to wait and see how well or how badly she does as the ninth president of Gallaudet University. Make sure the Board is paying attention!