Callier Foundation Elects New President and Trustees

Dec. 2, 2008

The Foundation for the Callier Center welcomed a new president and gave a fond – but not permanent – farewell salute to its past president at its recent annual meeting.

Two new regular trustees and six emeritus trustees were also elected to serve on the board.

The departing president, Sara Martineau, has served on the Callier board since 1993. She was first elected president in 2006 and re-elected in 2007. Her civic work has benefited numerous Dallas-area organizations.

Under her leadership, the Callier board created more distinct roles and responsibilities for the vice presidents and implemented a policy to involve all board members in committee work. Currently, board members are active on one of the following committees: Finance, Development, External Relations and Nominations.

“I have enjoyed serving as president for the past two years, and I shall continue to stay involved as an emeritus member,” said Martineau. “The Callier Center is so important to the world of communication disorders, and the clinical services, research and teaching are valuable to all.”

Pam Busbee was elected to serve as the board’s new president. She has been active in Dallas charities and has served on the Callier board since 1992.

“I am honored to lead the foundation and to introduce the Callier Center to so many people in the community,” said Busbee. “We have an exciting year planned, and we all look forward to welcoming the first recipient of the Callier Prize to Dallas in March.”

Six trustees were honored with election to emeritus status. This position is awarded to trustees who are recognized for their exemplary board service. The emeritus trustees will continue to attend meetings without voting privileges and stay involved with committee activities. The position is a lifetime appointment.

The newly elected emeritus trustees are:

  • Ken Jaffe.
  • Debra Kaplan.
  • Mike Lockerd.
  • Sara Martineau.
  • Robert Neely.
  • Laurie Spitz.

The board also elected W. Bennett Cullum and Richard S. Neely as regular trustees.

“We are extremely fortunate to have such dedicated board members who are actively involved in advancing the shared vision for UT Dallas, the School of Behavioral & Brain Sciences and the Callier Center,” said Thomas Campbell, executive director for the Callier Center.

The Callier Center, as chartered in 1963, was the successor to the Pilot School for the Deaf, which was founded in 1943 by Dallas civic leaders. In 1975, the Callier Center for Communication Disorders became a component of The University of Texas at Dallas through a transfer agreement between the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for the Callier Center and The University of Texas System.


Media Contact: Debra Brown, UT Dallas, (214) 905-3049, debra@utdallas.edu
or the Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, newscenter@utdallas.edu

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