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Lexington School and Center for the Deaf & Innivee Strategies Announce Search for School’s Next CEO/Superintendent

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About the Search

The Lexington School and Center for the Deaf board are thrilled to announce that they have contracted with Innivee Strategies, a Deaf-led leadership and organizational development firm, to lead the search process for its next CEO/Superintendent.

Russell O. West, Lexington’s current CEO/Superintendent, announced his resignation in January 2024. Mr. West has inspired the students and staff and united the school under his vision. Under his leadership Lexington School and Center for the Deaf was accredited by both Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf (CEASD) and (New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS). In addition to that, Lexington School recently adopted a Five-Year Strategic Planning 2023-2027. The Board thanks Russ for his dedication and numerous accomplishments, and appreciates his support for the school during the transition to new leadership. 

Innivee Strategies, a recognized leader in Deaf-led leadership and organizational development, will bring their extensive expertise to the search process for the ideal candidate. With a proven track record of successfully guiding searches for various organizations and educational institutions, Innivee Strategies is uniquely positioned to identify a CEO/Superintendent to lead Lexington School into its next chapter.

Remarks from Lexington & Innivee

“We’re excited to work with Innivee Strategies in our search for a visionary leader to serve as our next CEO/Superintendent,” said Kim Kurz and Suzanne Chen, Co-Chairs of the Lexington School for the Deaf Board. “The Lexington School & Center for the Deaf is a special place in the hearts of many, and we look forward to finding a leader who shares our dedication to fostering an inclusive community where every student can reach their full potential and SOAR.”

“Innivee Strategies is proud to partner with the Lexington School community in the search for the organization’s next leader,” said Shane Feldman, CEO of Innivee Strategies. “The individual selected for the role of Lexington School CEO/Superintendent will be crucial in fostering an environment where every student feels valued and empowered, and the community comes together to contribute to the school’s educational mission”

Please follow the Lexington School & Center for the Deaf and Innivee Strategies on social media for more updates about the process and the application for the position.

About Lexington School and Center for the Deaf

The Lexington School, established in 1864, is the largest school for deaf students in the state of New York. Lexington provides programs and services for deaf students from ages 0-22, and hard of hearing students from ages 0-3, who reside in ALL five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and Staten Island, as well as Long Island. Lexington School’s programs include: Ready to Learn Parent Infant/Toddler Program, Preschool Program, Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Foreign Language Transition Program (FLTP), and Special Needs.

About Innivee Strategies, Inc.

Innivee Strategies, Inc. provides organizations with systemic frameworks that enable them to build a strong strategic direction toward their desired vision. We engage leaders and stakeholders in collaborating together to choose the best governance model, set leadership, staff, and volunteer expectations, align and optimize resources, and manage change. Innivee Strategies is a leading search firm in the recruitment and placement of executives and leaders of organizations that serve the Deaf and hard of hearing community. Our services also include Effective Governance, Organizational Assessment, Strategic Planning, Change Management, Executive Support Systems, Leadership Development, and Guided Facilitation. Please visit www.innivee.com to learn about our clients and their testimonies about how our services have benefited their organizations.