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Jane Fernandes currently serves as the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Her efforts contribute to the academic success of approximately 3,700 students and 200 faculty. Hearing impaired since birth, Fernandes previously held positions at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., as vice president and later provost. She set priorities for research into literacy for children who are hearing impaired, their transitions to college and careers, and their integration in families. Hundreds of schools used curricula developed under Jane Fernandes at Gallaudet.

Prior to her positions at Gallaudet University, Fernandes was the director of the Hawaii Center for the Deaf and Blind in Honolulu. Under her guidance, enrollment increased by a factor of 10. She also established a preschool there.

Along with her duties at UNC Asheville, Jane Fernandes is a board member of the Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Asheville and Buncombe County and is a co-facilitator with Building Bridges of Asheville. She recently delivered a keynote address at the National Black Deaf Advocates conference on diversity and inclusion in the deaf community.

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