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New Superintendent Named for the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind

May 11, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. The West Virginia Board of Education voted unanimously on Wednesday to hire Dr. Lynn Boyer as the new superintendent of the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind.

"We are excited to get Lynn back to West Virginia," said Board President Priscilla Haden. "Lynn impressed the entire interview team with her expertise and innovative ideas."

Boyer served as the executive director of the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) Office of Special Programs, Extended and Early Learning from 2004 to 2010. She currently works as the assistant executive director at the Council for Exceptional Children located in Arlington, Va. Other professional experience includes time as the director of special education programs and services for Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia, and as an adjunct professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., and Marshall University in Huntington.

In 2010 the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind was cited by the Office of Education Performance Audits for safety, technology, curriculum and leadership issues. Since that time, the WVDE has developed an action plan to correct the deficiencies.

"I am honored by the West Virginia Board of Education’s confidence in me and by the opportunity to build on the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind’s tradition of serving the children and youth of the state," Boyer said. "My hope is to build a vibrant community of students, educators, parents and other stakeholders that, together, prepare our students for a future that is rich in choices."

Boyer will take on her new responsibilities in a full-time capacity beginning on July 1, 2011.

For more information, contact the Communications Office at 304-558-2699.

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