Linda Siegel Begins Presidential Term

Professor Linda Siegel of the University of British Columbia began her term as president of the Division for Learning Disabilities (DLD) of the Council for Exceptional Children 1 July 2009. She succeeds Rollanda O'Connor and will serve as president until June 30 2010.

President Siegel explained that she looks forward to working with Executive Board and the membership of DLD. "I appreciate the leadership and wise counsel of Randi O'Connor, whom I succeed as president and KathLeen Marshall, the past president," Siegel said. "I have learned a lot from working with this board; their energy, enthusiasm and thoughtful analyses have provided me with inspiration. This coming year will be a stimulating challenge."

During her term, President Siegel will not only chair meetings of the membership and executive board, but also maintain connections with other organizations concerned with Learning Disabilities, provide leadership on policy issues, and represent DLD to the Council for Exceptional Children.

"Linda has helped DLD mightily already, simply by taking over for Ken Kavale and completing the plans for the fall conference," said Rollanda O'Connor, who now moves to the office of past president. "I hope her year as president isn't one with tremendous challenges, but if it is DLD will have a thoughtful leader to help meet them."

Professor Siegel earned a bachelors degree from Queens College of the City University of New York and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University. At the University of British Columbia (UBC) she is a professor of educational and counselling psychology and special education. Prior to joining the faculty at UBC, she taught at the University of Missouri, McMaster University, and the University of Toronto. Professor Siegel has conducted extensive studies of dyslexia and other learning disabilities as well and cognitive and language development.

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