US College for the deaf revokes president's appointment following student protests
Monday, October 30, 2006
The board, meeting in a closed session in Virginia, voted to terminate Jane Fernandes's position as president-designate, and said she would not take over for President I. King Jordan as planned on Jan. 1. They said the decision was made with "much regret and pain."
The news set off a wild celebration at Gallaudet's District of Columbia campus, with student protest leaders cheering and embracing one another. Protesters also shredded a large effigy of Fernandes and set it on fire.
"I'm elated. I'm so excited right now," said LaToya Plummer, a leader among the opposition to Fernandes. "The next step is to focus on how we want to improve the search process."
The decision "feels very good," said student body president Noah Beckman, who helped lead the protests. Some students carried cases of beer across campus and shared in celebration with their professors.