August 20, 2014

Rochester School for the Deaf Board of Directors Select Antony McLetchie as Superintendent/CEO

ROCHESTER, NY - Dr. Harold Mowl, 67, of Pittsford, NY, who has served as Superintendent/CEO of the Rochester School for the Deaf (RSD) for over 20 years, is retiring and the Board of Directors announced at its August 18, 2014, meeting that it has unanimously selected Mr. Antony McLetchie, 44, of Canada, as Superintendent/CEO effective sometime this fall or winter.

Since March 2003, Mr. McLetchie held the position of Secondary School Principal of the Ernest C. Drury School for the Deaf in Milton, Ontario, Canada, and his family is in the process of relocating to Rochester; Dr. Mowl has agreed to stay on as head of the School until Mr. McLetchie is fully relocated.

“Our entire community is truly grateful for the dedication and leadership of Superintendent Mowl over the past 20-plus years,” said Board President Dr. Michael Doughty. “He is leaving us well-prepared for the future with a strong fiscal plan, a collaborative learning culture, and a record of strong student performance.

“As hard as it is to see Dr. Mowl retire, we couldn’t be more thrilled to have Antony McLetchie as our new Superintendent,” Doughty added. “Antony has a strong background in deaf education. He is an experienced teacher and administrator and is highly regarded in the field of deaf education. The Board is excited to engage with him in building a dynamic strategic plan for RSD.”

Starting back in the spring, RSD stakeholders, namely the schools’ students and families, staff and alumni, as well as concerned individuals in the community at-large, participated in a rigorous and broad regional, national, and international search for the new RSD Superintendent/CEO. As part of that process, individuals met to discuss at length the qualities, skills, and experiences the RSD community would seek in the ideal candidate. Last month two finalists for the top leadership position toured the school, met with stakeholder representatives and provided a Town Hall-style forum open the public on their qualifications for the position. Stakeholders’ feedback to the Board helped to guide the selection of McLetchie.

“It was obvious that Antony has extensive educational leadership, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and he is a strong leader,” Doughty said. “We have every confidence that he will help us reach our future goals as a School community.

Until Mr. McLetchie relocates to Rochester, Superintendent Mowl will stay on as RSD leader. Additionally, Dr. Mowl agreed to work closely with Superintendent McLetchie over the next several months to ensure a smooth transition.

"After over 30 years in education we wish Superintendent Mowl a wonderful retirement as he looks forward to spending more time with his family,” said Doughty.

Antony McLetchie has had a strong career in deaf education. His strengths are many, but the key criteria in his selection as RSD Superintendent/CEO was his depth of knowledge and experience in curriculum and instruction best practices – an attribute all of our stakeholders felt was critical. Antony has held a leadership position in deaf education – leading schools for the deaf since 2003. He has his M.S. in Deaf Education from Western Maryland University and his B.S. from Gallaudet University in history and deaf studies.  Mr. McLetchie has over 20 years of deaf education experience in the U.S. and Canada. He has classroom teaching experience at the K-12 levels, and a strong ability to connect with and engage stakeholders. Mr. McLetchie has participated in a future superintendents academy in Canada, a comprehensive, rigorous, and competitive program that prepares high-level administrators to become successful school superintendents.

McLetchie becomes the seventh Rochester School for the Deaf Superintendent/CEO, since the school was established in 1876.

Rochester School for the Deaf provides deaf infant and Pre-K education programs and services to approximately 120 deaf and hard of hearing children, newborn to age 21. The school’s service area covers school districts from nearby Batavia to the east, west to near Syracuse and south to the Pennsylvania State line. The school is private and supported by New York State. Deaf and hard of hearing children attend RSD at no cost to their families.




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