Former president, Gallaudet University

Dr. I. King Jordan is an international spokesperson for deaf and hard of hearing people, as well as an advocate for all persons with disabilities. He also is the former president of Gallaudet University, the world's only university with all programs and services designed specifically for students who are deaf and hard of hearing. Throughout his career, he has worked to heighten public awareness of the important educational contributions Gallaudet makes to the nation and the world. As a popular public speaker, Dr. Jordan challenges the American public to examine their attitudes toward people with disabilities and to open their minds, hearts and workplaces to them. He earned a B.A. in psychology from Gallaudet and his M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Tennessee. Upon receiving his Doctorate, Dr. Jordan joined the faculty of Gallaudet's Department of Psychology where he served as professor, department chair and dean, making numerous scholarly contributions to his field. In addition, he has been a research fellow at Donaldson's School for the Deaf in Edinburgh, Scotland, an exchange scholar at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, and a visiting scholar and lecturer at schools in Paris, Toulouse, and Marseille, France. Dr. Jordan holds 11 honorary degrees and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the U.S. Presidential Citizen's Medal, the Washingtonian of the Year Award, the James L. Fisher Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the Larry Stewart Award from the American Psychological Association and the Distinguished Leadership Award from the National Association for Community Leadership. He also served as Vice Chair of the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities under former presidents George Bush, Sr. and Bill Clinton. Dr. Jordan and his wife, Linda, have two grown children, I. King III, an associate professor of bioinformatics at Georgia Institutes of Technology, and Heidi, an assistant principal at the Florida School for the Deaf.