New Superintendent named for the Illinois School for the Deaf

Contact: Thomas Green (217) 558-1538 (Office) (888) 261-3336 (TTY)

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) today announced that Marybeth Lauderdale has been hired as the new Superintendent of the Illinois School for the Deaf (ISD) in Jacksonville. Ms. Lauderdale will assume her new responsibilities on July 16.

"We are very excited to have Marybeth Lauderdale take on this new challenge. Her knowledge and experience will help ISD continue to be the best educational program for Illinois students who are deaf and hearing impaired," said IDHS Secretary Carol L. Adams, Ph.D. "We look forward to her leadership at ISD."

Ms. Lauderdale has been serving as Interim Superintendent since July 1, 2006, after the retirement of Joan Forney.

Ms. Lauderdale has worked at ISD for more than 29 years, as a college worker in the dormitory, a high school literature teacher for 16 years, the media center director for 6 years, and Assistant Superintendent for 2 years.

Ms. Lauderdale is a leader among deaf educators in the United States, serves on the boards of the Illinois Supervisors of the Deaf and the MacMurray College Interpreter Training Program. She has also been an active member and interpreter for several organizations for the deaf in the Jacksonville area.

"Marybeth has done a super job as Interim Superintendent. She is universally respected and admired within the deaf community statewide, and will make an excellent permanent Superintendent for the school" said Robert F. Kilbury, Rh.D., Director of DRS.

ISD had 240 students during the last school year and has 237 staff.