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WASHINGTON (AP) The nation's premier university for deaf and hard of hearing students has chosen a new president. But the school's choice isn't likely to stir the same protests that shut down the campus when a new leader was named three years ago.

Gallaudet University in Washington on Sunday announced T. Alan Hurwitz would become the 10th president of the nearly 150-year-old school. Hurwitz is currently president of the National Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, N.Y.

In 2006, students disputed the selection of Jane K. Fernandes. Some criticized her for her management style and for not learning sign language until she was an adult. Protests shut down the campus.

The school has about 1,900 students.

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