SULPHUR, Okla. -- Former Oklahoma School for the Deaf Superintendent Larry Hawkins is the first person ever appointed to a second term as OSD superintendent.
Hawkins started his second term on August 8.
Hawkins initially retired in August 2011 as superintendent at both OSD in Sulphur and Oklahoma School for the Blind in Muskogee.
He returned in March to serve as interim OSB superintendent and agreed in June to lead OSD on an interim basis at the same time.
Both schools are divisions of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.
Hawkins served for 11 years as OSD superintendent, nearly two years as OSB superintendent, one year as an OSD administrator and six years as a classroom teacher.
Prior to that, he was director of deaf education at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. He served as coordinator of support services for the deaf and as an associate professor of deaf education at USAO for 22 years.
Hawkins earned his superintendent’s certificate in 2000, a master’s of science in communication disorders from the University of Oklahoma and a bachelor’s of arts degree in English from East Central University in Ada.
The Oklahoma School for the Deaf is a public school designated by the Oklahoma Legislature as a statewide resource for children who are deaf and hard of hearing. Expert staff provide on-campus education programs for residential students who go home for weekends and summers, commuter students who live at home and summer school students. OSD provides thousands of outreach and consultation services to students attending local schools across the state, their families, educators and organizations.