Ernest Garrett III has been chosen as the superintendent of the Missouri School for the Deaf. When he takes office on July 1, he will be the first deaf person to lead the school since its founding by the Missouri legislature in 1851.
Garrett currently serves as the executive director of the Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. He is the immediate past president of the National Black Deaf Advocates.
A native of St. Louis, Garrett earned associate’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He earned a master’s degree and a master of social work degree from Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., and is currently working toward a doctorate in management from Walden University.