Dr. Gerald Buckley addresses the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind Graduating Class of 2014.
With a career that spans more than 30 years in higher education, including 20 years at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), Gerard Buckley, Ed.D. has been the President of NTID and Vice President of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Rochester, NY, since 2011. From 1998 to 2003, he served as NTID associate dean for student services, and held the position of NTID assistant vice president for college advancement with responsibility for admissions, placement, marketing and outreach. From 1990 to 1993, Buckley served as chairperson and assistant professor of the Department of Educational Outreach at NTID , followed by five years as the director of the NTID Center for Outreach and assistant professor on the RIT/NTID Social Work Support Team. Buckley has maintained an active teaching portfolio over the past 20 years and was awarded tenure in 1998. He
has twice been honored with the NTID Faculty/Staff Humanitarian Award by the NTID Student Congress, and has twice been named Distinguished Alumnus—by NITD in 1985, and by the RIT College of Liberal Arts in 1996. He has served as President of the American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association and as President of the Lexington School for the Deaf Board of Trustees in New York City. He also served on the National Advisory Board of the Institute on Deafness at the National Institute of Health, at the recommendation of Senator Robert Dole (retired). Buckley holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from RIT/NTID, a Masters in Social Work from the University of Missouri, and a Doctor of Education in Special Education from the University of Kansas. He is a native of St. Louis, MO. He and his wife, Judy, have three adult children and three grandchildren.
Enrique Oliu addresses the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind Graduating Class of 2014.
Born in Matagalpa, Nicaragua, Enrique Oliu moved to Florida at the age of 10 to attend the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, where he graduated in 1980. He earned an Associate of Arts degree from Florida College in
1984 and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of South Florida in 1989. Oliu has worked as an interviewer/alternate interpreter for the office of the Public Defender of Hillsborough County in Tampa, Florida, since 1992. He has simultaneously worked as Spanish radio broadcaster for the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team since 1998. He called his first professional action in 1989 for the Jacksonville Expos and then served as a color commentator for the St. Petersburg Pelicans of the Senior Professional Baseball League. Previously, he was the public address announcer for seven years for Florida College baseball in Tampa. He also appeared as a regular contributor on Solamente Pelota (“Only Baseball”) on Sirius XM, has hosted his own show on WQBN 1300 AM and has appeared as a guest analyst on USF Spanish broadcasts, and on basketball broadcasts and talk shows in Managua, Nicaragua. He also called action for the Tampa Bay Storm Arena Football League and has served as the
Spanish voice for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Oliu has been the subject of a number of print and broadcast articles, including those in the Miami Herald, the St. Petersburg Times, the Tampa Tribune, USA Today, CNN and ESPN. A documentary of his life called “Henry O” has been shown at a number of film festivals, including RealAbilities Houston Disabilities Film Festival (2013 and 2014), RealAbilities New York Disabilities Film Festival (2010), and the Gasparilla International Film Festival. Oliu and his wife, Debbie, reside in St. Petersburg, FL.
Owen B. McCaul is Vice Chair of the FSDB Board of Trustees, a positon he has held since 2010. He graduated from FSDB in 1982 and has been an assistant state atorney in Tallahassee since 1989. McCaul is currently the chief of the Leon County Felony Intake Division, which resolves approximately 40% of the felony cases in the county. He also represents the State of Florida in Leon County’s Felony Drug Court and numerous extraditon maters.
McCaul received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Flagler College and Juris Doctor degree from the Florida
State University’s College of Law where he was a member of Phi Delta Phi, the Internatonal Legal Honor Society. He took the bar exam and was admited to the Florida Bar four months afer graduaton.
An actve leader in civic organizatons, McCaul is a Shriner, a member of Scotsh Rite, a Past Master of J. Edwin Larson Lodge #361, a Past Monarch of Talwar Groto, and Past President of Masters and Wardens Associaton for the Seventh Masonic District of Florida.
Originally appointed in 2006 by the Governor to the FSDB Board of Trustees, McCaul's current term ends December 10, 2016. He resides in Tallahassee with his wife Erica McCaul and their two children.