Delavan-Darien High School graduate Roberta (Bobbi) Cordano, Class of ’82, will become the next president of Gallaudet University, the world leader in liberal education and career development for deaf and hard of hearing students.
Cordano will succeed outgoing President Dr. T. Alan Hurwitz, the university announced Friday, Oct. 9. Her term begins Jan. 1, 2016.
“We are delighted to have selected Ms. Cordano to become the 11th President of Gallaudet,” wrote Heather Harker, Gallaudet University Board of Trustees chair. “As our students are connecting with our vibrant community, discovering their academic and career aspirations, and influencing conversations and their futures, Ms. Cordano will be the kind of president to lead transformational change at the university. She’s the right person at the right time for Gallaudet.”
In a press release issued by Gallaudet, President-select Cordano stated, “I want to thank the entire community for making me feel welcome throughout this selection process. There is no other place like this in the world and I’m honored to have been chosen to lead and serve this unique, one-of-a-kind university.
“With Gallaudet’s world-class researchers and faculty, innovative academic programs, a motivated, ambitious student body, and a dedicated staff that serves all institutional needs, there is great promise to develop and graduate future leaders who will make significant contributions to our country and the world. I look forward to working with the entire university on the transition process over the next several months.”
Cordano, who is deaf, currently serves as the vice president of programs for the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation in St. Paul, Minn.
Cordano is a founding member of Metro Deaf School, a pre-k through eighth grade bilingual-bicultural charter school for deaf and hard of hearing children in St. Paul. She is also a founding board member of Minnesota North Star Academy, a bilingual-bicultural charter high school for deaf and hard of hearing students.
In 2003, Cordano, along with former U.S. Vice President Walter Mondale and former Minnesota Governor Elmer A. Anderson, was a recipient of the inaugural Public Leadership Award from the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.
Gallaudet University, the world’s only university with programs and services specifically designed to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students, was established in 1864 by an Act of Congress, and its charter was signed by President Abraham Lincoln.
Gallaudet has nearly 1,700 graduate and undergraduate students, and has more than 21,000 alumni. It is located in Washington D.C. For more visit: www.gallaudet.edu