Interview with Dr. Robert Davila

Courtesy of DawnSignPress (video 1 of 2)

Looking to the Future – Interview with Dr. Robert Davila, December 20, 2006: DSP staff were graciously allowed time with Dr. Robert Davila to talk about some of the first challenges and plans that faces his presidency.


  • Nick Vera 17 years ago

    Applause to Dr. Robert Davila! I can see the golden light of Tower Clock to shine a new beginning…..That made me tear. Thanks to DSP for their best effort to depict the vlogs.

  • Albert W 17 years ago

    I always enjoy seeing him. He is different from other leaders. I am still waiting to hear from him about reprisals. He is right that we have to push Gally back to high level. There are many hidden messages from him that jordan and Bots are no good. He is working hard to change for the better. He is hoping to change to the right path for the next 10th President in 2 years. He keeps saying that he wants Faculty, Staff and Students to be happy and feel good about their jobs. He is implying that jordan has failed his duties in the past. I am so excited for Davila, however I am still waiting to hear about reprisals. Delete reprisals now.The healing process has not started yet until pardon all the protesters… restore the faith from all of us. thanks Joey for the wonderful job.

  • Penny 17 years ago

    I like this interview. You have contributed to Deaf community for many years. God bless you, Dr. Davila. We should put red carpet everywhere you walk on because you deserve recognition and respect. 🙂

  • debby 17 years ago

    Gallaudet University Community is fortuantely to have Dr. Davila, who has lots of experience with governments, as teachers, and other fields. He also has shown how much he cherishes Gallaudet University, understands very well what it needs because it had been his home before, and be there for the Gallaudet University community when they need him. His time is short but I have confidence that he will do great job without IKJ before the 10th president comes. Also thank Joey for great job on his website.

  • Tara - Missouri 17 years ago

    Beautiful interview! I can see that he is to determine to get Gallaudet back to where it was at the beginning! I have this good feelings about this and know things will turn the table around and get back on the right track.


  • Brian Buckley 17 years ago

    I am glad that BOTs has appointed Intrim President Dr Robet DaVila to be temporary president. I have read his Quilfacation and He has alot of experience knowledge on Gallaudet University and Government on Speical Education appointed by Preisdent of United States.
    Few people who knew him well and told me that he is good leadership and has alot of experience. I am glad that he is right for intrim presdient for the next 2 years.
    I dont mean to be crictic to Dr Robert DaVila due his Sign language is not excatly I expected. He is no ASL. He is very much into SEE than ASL.
    To me it is very impoortant to our ASL. I have Notice most BOTs intend to pick someone like abilty to speak like Jordan. I am hoping that BOTs pick profound Deaf President than who want to speak than ASL. We need to be Recongizing our Important ASL language to be delcared but it hasnt declared yet. I hope Dr Robet DaVila could learn new sign in ASL during his short term President of Gallaudet University in Two Years. I wish him Good luck and take the name of Gallaudet University to be recongization and our ASL language.

    from Brian Buckley

  • Kenton 17 years ago

    In respond to Brian’s comments (#6), I understand what you meant. But there is one HUGE difference between Dr. Davila and IJK/JKF: Dr. Davila shows HIGH RESPECT for the faculty (as shown in his support for shared goverance). This is important. Not only that, Dr. Davila really cares for the opinion of students (see how he was thrilled when the interviewer expressed his opinion at the end). I hope it’s a step in the right direction, and eventually we’ll have a president who uses ASL!

  • sir william 17 years ago

    it is his personality and style of 1950’s asl.
    six generations of my family – each of us have our own signing styles, even if we are mostly similar with our signs. my father’s is similar to dr. davilia’s style.when you get him one on one- he shall sign more “asl’ – down to earth?
    i think today’s asl is more stylish and crazy! ha.
    dr. davila needs to give a full info to all kinds of audience. often those with so-called good with asl but they cheat by having the voice interpreters. ha. vice versa. what’s the perfect asl. i am wondering now. my gosh.

  • Betty Broecker 17 years ago

    Hey there, dear old friend Bob Davila who was in the boys Freshman English class at Gallaudet in the Fall of 1949 (with me — the only girl!!):

    I am so proud of you and all you have done. It has been a preparation for the task you have now.

    I enjoyed seeing your warm smile and your reaching out to all around you.

    Good luck. If I can help, give a sign!

    Thanks to Joey and DSP for making this video possible so all can see it!

  • Jerome Cain 17 years ago

    what an impressed!!! wish he can sign with his mouth shut because his mouth moving real annoyed me. wondered why? (curious)

    • Euginia Liapich 5 years ago

      In response to your regarding curiosity of Dr.Davila’s mouth moving as he signed, it may have been because he lost his hearing at a relatively late age in development and so the oral muscles developed a memory for shaping words but not discarded and hence it could have been an unconscious habit.

  • deafk 17 years ago

    Robert Davilla has always been a very motivatior for higher education, especially at Galluadet Universtiy.

    I have seen him there while I was a student at Gally. I was impressed with him, and yet I am still impressed with him.

    I am glad he is the interim president at least.



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