The Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VCDHH) and Austine School for the Deaf have begun a search to replace current president and CEO Bert Carter. Mr. Carter will be leaving Brattleboro at the end of June moving to Massachusetts for family reasons. He has accepted the position of President and CEO at the Willie Ross School in Longmeadow MA.
During his 6 year tenure at the Center, Mr. Carter forged several partnerships, including relationships with Windham Southeast Supervisory Union, the Windham Regional Career Center, The Brattleboro Retreat and Vermont Academy. He added new programs to the VCDHH fold significantly expanding services for consumers who are Deaf and Blind, establishing the first of its kind Deaf Autism Program and the Little Arrows Early Childhood Center. On the Austine campus, renovations to Holton Hall and Vermont Hall were also completed during Mr. Carter’s time at VCDHH. In addition, Carter built on the Center’s fundraising efforts, tripling annual donations.
VCDHH is seeking a strong leader with significant background in education and not for profit management. According to Tom Sonneborn, VCDHH Board Chair, “With the changing needs of Deaf and hard of hearing students and adults, it is essential that we identify a leader who can move us forward to meet those needs.” The VCDHH search committee hopes to complete their work before Mr. Carter leaves this spring.