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August 24, 2020

Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech Announces New President and CEO


August 24, 2020

Clarke announced the appointment of Bruce Skyer as president and CEO.

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Bruce brings nearly 30 years of strategic business consulting, management and operations experience in youth-service and healthcare sectors to Clarke. Bruce comes to Clarke from Child First, where he served as Chief Operating Officer and grew a sustainable national model that supports more than 2,000 children.

Prior to Child First, Bruce led the National Kidney Foundation as CEO where he spearheaded a new operating model that doubled the number of patients served while reducing expenses. His leadership transformed the foundation which serves millions of patients and health-care professionals.

“We are thrilled to welcome Bruce and support his work building a firm foundation for Clarke’s future growth,” says Michael Straubel, co-chair of Clarke’s Board of Trustees. “As a father of two children who have benefited from Clarke’s program, I can confidently say his vision, passion and approach embody Clarke’s mission and culture.”

“I am eager to lead Clarke and be part of a team transforming the lives of hundreds of students and families annually,” says Bruce. “In these unprecedented times it’s critical we continue to meet the needs of children who are deaf or hard of hearing and chart a sustainable path forward for Clarke.”

“Bruce will support and strengthen Clarke's phenomenal leaders as we navigate the complexities of the pandemic and maintain our commitment to helping students and families thrive,” says Megan Cohen, co-chair of Clarke’s Board of Trustees. “He will enhance our strategic plan as we continue to refine our operations and program delivery with an eye toward serving more families."

Bruce's leadership comes as Clarke begins its second year of implementing a five-year strategic plan. The plan addresses operational and funding sustainability, as well as the standardization of empirically-supported services for infants, children, youth and adults who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Bruce holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Columbia University and master’s degree in finance from Fordham University. He is a former member of the All Stars Helping Kids New York Advisory Board and Congregation B’nai Israel (Bridgeport, CT) Board of Trustees.

Bruce succeeds Doug Scott who has been a resolute force driving Clarke’s progress and evolution in recent years. Doug is retiring and will transition to Clarke’s Board of Trustees enabling the organization to continue to benefit from his institutional knowledge and leadership experience.