AIDB interviewing 3 for president Monday
by Aziza Jackson
Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind is one step closer to selecting its new president.

The AIDB Board of Trustees will conduct interviews for the position of president at varied times on Monday, Dec. 3.

AIDB Board Chairman Lynwood French launched a nationwide search in September to replace current AIDB President Terry Graham who announced that he would retire on Feb. 1, 2013. Graham has spent 42 years in the education field, 35 of those years at AIDB as an administrator and the past 10 years as president.

At the conclusion of the search, screening committees selected three finalists for interviews, they are: Dr. John Mascia, vice president of Adult Programs at Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind, Dr. Larry Taub, who has served as the Head of School at Pennsylvania School for the Deaf and Center for Community and Professional Services in Philadelphia, and Dr. Tyrone Yarbrough, superintendent of the Department of Youth Services School District 210 in Mt. Meigs.

The AIDB Board of Trustees will conduct interviews at the Terry Graham Student Center on the Helen Keller School campus. Taub will be interviewed at 10 a.m., Yarbrough at 12:15 p.m., and Mascia at 1:45 p.m.

Mascia holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in audiology and speech pathology from Hofstra University in New York and has a doctorate in audiology from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, School of Audiology. He received his certificate of clinical competence in audiology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is a licensed audiologist. He has made numerous presentations and served in leadership roles with professional organizations and is widely published.

Mascia has worked as a supervising and chief audiologist and as an assistant professor in New York. In 1989 he joined the Helen Keller National Center where he served as coordinator of Audiological Services, supervisor of the Speech and Hearing Department, coordinator of Professional Services and then finally as national director of Field Services. As a senior administrator he was responsible for the supervision of regional representatives, national training programs, community placement services and 45 affiliate programs. In 2005 he joined AIDB as executive director of the Gentry Facility and Regional Centers and was promoted to the role of vice president of Adult Programs in 2009.

Taub holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Hofstra University in New York; a master’s degree in education of the deaf from New York University and a doctorate in educational administration from Columbia University. He earned additional certifications in administration and supervision. He is affiliated with a number of professional organizations and has made numerous presentations at meetings and conferences.

Taub worked for over 23 years at the New York School for the Deaf as a classroom teacher, assistant principal of the high school, vocational, transitional and early intervention programs. Following his doctoral studies he became superintendent and CEO of the Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Governor Baxter School for the Deaf in Falmouth, Maine. In July 2008 he became Head of School at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf and Center for Community and Professional Services in Philadelphia.

Yarbrough earned his bachelor’s degree from Livingston University; a master’s in physical education from the University of West Alabama and his education specialist and doctoral degrees in educational leadership from the University of Alabama. He is active in a number of community organizations and has made presentations at numerous meetings and conferences.

Yarbrough has worked as an adjunct professor, teacher, assistant football coach, head basketball coach, assistant principal and has served as Principal of Thomasville Middle School and Talladega County Central High School. He was director of curriculum and assistant superintendent of Leeds City Schools and currently serves as superintendent of the Department of Youth Services School District 210.

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