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The State of Things
11:50 am
Tue July 15, 2014

A New Kind Of Leader For Guilford College

Guilford College president Jane Fernandes
Credit Ben Jenkins

    

Guilford College made history when its administration chose Jane Fernandes as their new president. 

Fernandes is the college's first female leader, and one of the first deaf presidents of an American college or university. 

She most recently served as provost at UNC-Asheville for three years, but has had a long career in education. She has been an administrator or faculty member at four other universities, from Honolulu to Boston.

Along the way, she has pushed for better collaboration between the deaf and the hearing communities.

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The State of Things
11:47 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Raleigh Native Rocks Project Runway

Justin LeBlanc teaches fashion and design at North Carolina State University and he was a finalist on the Lifetime reality series "Project Runway"
Credit jleblancdesigns.com

  

When Project Runway mentor Tim Gunn told contestants on Season 12 to “make it work,” North Carolina State University students saw a familiar face.

Justin LeBlanc teaches fashion and design at North Carolina State University and he was a finalist on the Lifetime reality series this year. As the first deaf contestant in the show’s history, LeBlanc made headlines not only for his design skill, but for showing that his deafness did not hinder his ability to achieve.

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