2011 CAID NATIONAL CONFERENCE Serving teachers of students who are deaf or hard of hearing for over 160 years...
Gerard J. Buckley, Ed.D
National Technical Institute for the Deaf President
Rochester Institute of Technology Vice President and Dean for NTID
Dr. Buckley is president of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, and is Rochester Institute of Technology's vice president and dean for NTID. He has more than 30 years of experience in higher education, including more than 20 years serving in a variety of capacities at NTID.
Prior to coming to work at NTID in 1990, Buckley spent 10 years at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas, where he led Gallaudet University's Regional Center. He has served as the president of the board of ADARA and as president of the Lexington School for the Deaf Board of Trustees. He is a past president of the American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association, and has served on the National Advisory Board of NIH's Institute on Deafness at the recommendation of Senator Robert Dole (retired).
Buckley holds a B.S.in Social Work from RIT/NTID, an M.S.W. from University of Missouri and an Ed.D. in Special Education from the University of Kansas.
• Educational Administration Certificate, Texas State University (1981)
• M.A., Special Education/Learning Disabilities, University of Missouri (1975)
• B.A., Education of the Deaf, Mac Murray College (1968)
Ms. Claire Bugen graduated from MacMurray College with a B.A. in Deaf Education, attended the University of Missouri for her Masters in Special Education/Learning Disabilities and Texas State University for her post-masters training in educational administration.
Claire is Superintendent and chief executive officer of the Texas School for the Deaf (TSD), where she is responsible for the school’s growing student population of over five hundred students in addition to the school’s statewide outreach services. Before becoming Superintendent she served as Middle School Supervising Teacher, Director of Upper School and Assistant Superintendent. Her accomplishments include securing substantial legislative appropriations biennially as well as the implementation of a master facility construction plan.
Claire began her career as a teacher in New Jersey at the Milburn Avenue Day School for the Deaf and subsequently taught at the W.E. Martin School for the Deaf in Philadelphia and the Missouri School for the Deaf in Fulton. During her tenure at the Missouri School for the Deaf she and co-author Richard Reed published a book on “The Process Approach to Teaching Language to Deaf Students.”
Claire has been active in professional organizations her entire career, having the unique experience of serving as both Secretary and President of the Convention of American Instructors of the Deaf (CAID) and the Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf (CEASD). She currently chairs the CEASD accreditation of Schools Committee and serves as a member of CEASD’s Government Relations Committee and is a member of the Gallaudet University Board of Trustees.
Claire was pivotal in the development of the National Agenda for the Education of Deaf Students. The National Agenda (NA) is a historic coalition of parent, consumer, professional, and advocacy organizations working to develop an effective, communication-driven educational delivery system for deaf students. Recent awards include Outstanding Women in Texas Government and the Robert R. Davila award for meritorious contributions to the field of deafness.