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Rhode Island School for the Deaf Partners with Innivee Strategies, Inc. to Lead Director Search

The Rhode Island Department of Education and the Rhode Island School for the Deaf (RISD) have announced that the search process for the next RISD Director has begun. As part of an ongoing commitment to directly engage the school’s students, parents, faculty, staff, community, and other constituents in the search process, the search process will be led by Innivee Strategies, Inc., which has facilitated numerous community-engaged search processes for schools for the deaf nationwide.

RISD proudly educates students from preschool through high school and provides a Parent Infant Program, Transition Program, Outreach Services, and a statewide Audiology Center. RISD students and families are from many different communities and diverse backgrounds and are from nearly every school district in Rhode Island. RISD is truly a one-of-a-kind institution; and has been led for the last 11 years by Director Nancy Maguire Heath. As she has shared in her announcement, she has announced her retirement after an amazing 47 years in education (see here). 

Preparations for the search have begun. Stakeholder focus groups and surveys are expected to take place in January 2023. The recruitment period will occur in early 2023, with the interview and selection process taking place shortly afterward. RISD intends to hire the new Director by the end of the school year and have them officially begin their new role on or by July 1, 2023. 

New information about the search process will be shared through RISD and Innivee Strategies’ websites. We look forward to the RISD school community’s participation in the Director search process. Contact Innivee Strategies at with inquiries related to the position.

About Rhode Island School for the Deaf

Rhode Island School for the Deaf (RISD or RISDeaf) is a school for deaf students established in 1876. RISD serves deaf and hard-of-hearing students in grades preschool through high school. RISD believes strongly in students becoming bilingual in ASL and English. To learn more about RISD, please visit their website at

About Innivee Strategies, Inc.

Innivee Strategies provides a systemic framework for organizations to facilitate a strong strategic direction toward the desired vision. Our services include Executive Search & Transition, Governance Training & Consulting, Strategic Planning, 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.