Monday, January 25, 2010

SWCID to Rename Administration Building After First Leader

SWCID to Rename Administration Building After First Leader

As part of its 30th anniversary celebration, the SouthWest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf will rename it's administration building after the college's first leader.

Dr. Douglas Burke was not only the first leader of SWCID, he was the first deaf individual to lead an institution of higher education.

The building will now be known as the The Douglas Burke Education and Administration Building.

Burke's early work in the establishment of a community college for the deaf was a huge milestone in the world of higher education as it created new opportunities for the deaf not only in the State of Texas but on the national and world-wide scene as well.

A second building naming took place as the residence hall - the Burke / Mehan Residence Hall - now serves as a special honor to Douglas's wife Beatrice.

She played a significant role as a deaf leader in the early envisioning of SWCID and has provided ongoing leadership in the advocacy of deaf education.

A ceremony to unveil the new building names honoring the Burkes will be held this summer.