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New York School for the Deaf Announces Selection of Dr. Joseph Santini as Superintendent

Dr. Joseph Santini selected as New York School for the Deaf Superintendent

The New York School for the Deaf (NYSD) Board of Trustees announced the selection of Dr. Joseph Santini as its next Superintendent. Dr. Santini is expected to begin his role at NYSD in the summer of 2022.

Dr. Santini is an education leader with nearly two decades of experience with school organizations and leadership with an expertise in bilingual education.  His work includes overseeing and developing policy with a focus on the principles of shared leadership, equity, and student- and family-focused learning for the education setting.

Dr. Santini will depart his role as Director of Instruction and Equity at Clerc Center, where he supported both elementary and high school curriculum leaders with curriculum and implementation in line with his responsibilities as accreditation officer for the schools. Dr. Santini currently volunteers his time as Secretary for the National Theatre of the Deaf Board. Dr. Santini holds an MSc in Deaf Studies from the University of Bristol, an MA in Secondary Education from City College of New York, a certificate in Equity from University of South Florida, and a PhD in Education from Gallaudet University.

The search for the next NYSD Superintendent began in September 2021. The NYSD community developed a leader profile that was used to evaluate all applicants, candidates, and finalists. A search committee of teachers, staff, parents, community members, and alumni interviewed the first round of candidates. The search process concluded with a finalist on-campus visit, presentations to students and staff, and board interview. The search process was led by Innivee Strategies, Inc. an organizational and leadership development company.

NYSD Board Chair, Alexis Kashar, said, “The NYSD Board of Trustees wishes to express our gratitude to the individuals who applied for the NYSD Superintendent role. We would also like to thank those who supported the search process: NYSD staff members, the NYSD Superintendent search committee volunteers, and the many community members who shared their input with us. Please join the NYSD Board in welcoming Dr. Santini to NYSD!”

Innivee Strategies, Inc. wishes to thank the NYSD community for participating in the NYSD Superintendent search process and especially to those who provided support as staff and as volunteers. We also wish to thank the New York School for the Deaf Board of Trustees for entrusting our company with facilitating the NYSD Superintendent search process. We look forward to the future of NYSD under Dr. Santini’s leadership!

Dr. Joseph Santini seleccionado como el nuevo Superintendente de New York School for the Deaf.

La junta directiva de New York School for the Deaf ha anunciado su elección del Dr. Joseph Santini como Superintendente.  Se espera que en el verano del 2022, el Dr. Santini empiece este nuevo papel en NYSD.

El Dr. Santini es un líder en el campo de educación con casi dos décadas de experiencia supervisando y desarrollando políticas para organizaciones escolares.  Él ha trabajado en el campo de la educación por quince años y ha publicado artículos en el New York Times sobre la educación bilingüe.  Su carrera se ha fundado en los principios de liderazgo compartido, equidad y aprendizaje enfocado sobre estudiantes y familias. 

El Dr. Santini dejará su posición como Director de Instrucción y Equidad en el Centro Clerc donde apoyó a los líderes de plan de estudios de la escuela primaria y secundaria con planes de estudios y su implementación de acuerdo con sus responsabilidades como oficial de acreditación de las escuelas.  Actualmente el Dr. Santini sirve como Secretario voluntario  en la Junta del Teatro Nacional para los Sordos.  El cuenta con una Maestría de Ciencia en Estudios de Sordera de la Universidad de Bristol, una Maestría en Educación Secundaria de City College en Nueva York, un certificado de Equidad de la Universidad del Sur de Florida y un Doctorado en Educación de la Universidad Gallaudet.  

La búsqueda para el siguiente Superintendente de NYSD comenzó en septiembre del 2021.  La comunidad de NYSD desarrolló un perfil pertinente al nuevo líder que se usó para evaluar a los aplicantes, candidatos y los finalistas.  Se creó un comité de búsqueda compuesto por personal escolar, maestros, padres, miembros de la comunidad y pasados estudiantes y estos entrevistaron a los primeros aplicantes.  El comité de búsqueda concluyó el proceso invitando a los finalistas a una visita de la escuela, presentando a los estudiantes, personal escolar y siendo entrevistados por la Junta.  Innivee Strategies, Inc., una empresa de desarrollo organizacional y de liderazgo tomó la delantera con el proceso de búsqueda.

La Presidenta de la Junta de NYSD, Alexis Kashar dijo, “La Junta Directiva de NYSD desea expresar nuestra gratitud a los que aplicaron para el puesto de Superintendente.  También deseamos agradecer a todos aquellos que participaron y aportaron su apoyo en el proceso de búsqueda: los empleados de NYSD, los voluntarios que sirvieron en el comité de búsqueda de NYSD para un Superintendente nuevo y los muchos miembros de la comunidad que compartieron con nosotros.  Junto con nosotros, la Junta de NYSD, démosle al Dr. Santini la bienvenida a NYSD!”

Innivee Strategies, Inc. desea dar las gracias a todos los miembros de la comunidad de NYSD por su participación en el proceso de búsqueda por un nuevo superintendente, especialmente al personal escolar y los voluntarios.  Deseamos expresar nuestro agradecimiento a la Junta Directiva de New York School for the Deaf por la confianza que depositaron en nuestra compañía y por permitirnos facilitar el proceso de buscar un nuevo Superintendente para NYSD.  Esperamos ver el futuro de NYSD bajo la dirección y liderazgo del Dr. Santini!

About New York School for the Deaf (NYSD)

Founded in 1817, the New York School for the Deaf, the second oldest school for the deaf in the United States, is a private non-profit 501(c)3 organization operated in cooperation with the New York State Education Department. NYSD focuses on individualized instruction that continues through elementary, middle school and high school. At all times, NYSD seeks to provide an educational environment that both challenges and nurtures students. This prepares students for adulthood, while also giving them a unique opportunity to socialize with their peers. The mission of New York School for the Deaf (NYSD) is to maximize the whole person potential of each student through comprehensive, rigorous educational programs and services within a communication and language-rich environment. NYSD is also committed to serve as an exemplary resource in the education of deaf and hard of hearing students. As a community and to achieve its goals, NYSD collaborates with families, school districts, agencies, the deaf community, the educational research community, philanthropic sources and other key stakeholders.

About Innivee Strategies, Inc.

Innivee Strategies, Inc. provides organizations with systemic frameworks that enable them to build a strong strategic decision toward their desired vision. We engage leaders and stakeholders in collaborating together to choose the best governance model, set leadership, staff, and volunteer expectations, align and optimize resources, and manage change. Innivee Strategies is a leading search firm in the recruitment and placement of executives and leaders of organizations that serve the Deaf and hard of hearing community. Our services also include Effective Governance, Organizational Assessment, Strategic Planning, Change Management, Executive Support Systems, Leadership Development, and Guided Facilitation. Please visit our website at to learn about our clients and their testimonies about how our services have benefited their organizations.