St. Augustine, Fla. – Dr. Jeanne Glidden Prickett, president of the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB), announced her retirement at today’s FSDB Board of Trustees meeting. Dr. Prickett will retire effective July 31, 2020. She has served as the 17th president since May 1, 2012.
The FSDB Board of Trustees directed the school’s President’s Advisory Team to assume oversight of the school’s day-to-day operations, which is well-established through the delegation of authority. Julia Mintzer, administrator of business services, will lead the team until a successor to Dr. Prickett is named.
“We thank Dr. Prickett for her leadership and many contributions to FSDB over the past eight years. She exemplifies the school’s mission and values and works tirelessly to ensure the success of FSDB students and staff,” said Owen B. McCaul, chair of the FSDB Board of Trustees. “She has enhanced the academic rigor of the school, thereby laying the foundation by which students can soar after they leave FSDB.”
“It has been a privilege leading an FSDB team of highly dedicated and collaborative educators and staff members,” Dr. Prickett said. “Together, we provide students with the highest quality education possible with continuous improvement as the major focus. Helping students to reach new heights of achievement is our top priority.”
Dr. Prickett began her nearly 50-year career in education at the Illinois State University Laboratory Schools, where she taught in the resource program serving blind/visually impaired, deaf/hard of hearing and deafblind students that included training of future teachers. She coordinated regional programs for deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired, and deafblind students in the Chicago suburbs and central Illinois. Dr. Prickett served on several federal projects through the Office of Special Education Programs of the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, DC, including the National Information Center on Deaf-Blindness at Gallaudet University, the Maryland Deafblind Project at the Johns Hopkins University, and the AFB Deafblind Project at the American Foundation for the Blind. Dr. Prickett subsequently served in administrative leadership roles at the Hawaii Center for the Deaf and the Blind as well as the Iowa School for the Deaf; she also served as president of the ISD Foundation before joining FSDB.
The FSDB Board of Trustees will begin the process for a national search effective immediately in anticipation of appointing the 18th president prior to the start of the 2020-21 school year.
FSDB is a tuition-free state public school and outreach center available to eligible pre-K and K-12 students residing in Florida who are deaf/hard of hearing, blind/visually impaired, or deafblind. Specialized programs, services and advanced technologies at FSDB enable students to learn how to do more, be more and achieve more, fulfilling the school’s vision of preparing them for a lifetime of success. For more information, visit www.fsdbk12.org.
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