Today marks 27 years since Gallaudet University, the only Deaf liberal arts college in the world, appointed its first Deaf president: I. King Jordan.
After the initial appointment of a hearing president (Of particular interest is that the board of trustees picked the sole hearing candidate for president. Yes, the only hearing candidate.) and nearly a week of protests, boycotts, rallies and marches, I. King Jordan was chosen as the first Deaf president. (Read the full story here.) In honor of the man behind this historic date in Deaf history, here are 5 facts you probably didn’t know about Dr. I. King Jordan Jr.:
1. Jordan is a native of Glen Riddle, Pennsylvania.
2. Jordan became deaf at the age of 21, after a motorcycle accident.
3. Jordan earned his doctorate in psychology.
4. In 1990 President George Bush appointed Jordan Vice Chair of the President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (PCEPD).
5. In 2010 Jordan was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the Commission on Presidential Scholars.