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CHIEF OF DEAF, BLIND SCHOOLS IS FINALIST FOR JOB

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Thomas S. Bannister, superintendent of the Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind, will be in Talladega, Ala., Nov. 2 for an interview for the position of president of the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind.

Bannister is one of five finalists being considered for the position. A 24-member search committee has sifted 39 applicants to arrive at the finalists. The new president is likely to be named Nov. 9 by the school trustees.Bannister, who has headed the Utah deaf and blind schools for about three years, said he is not unhappy with his situation here, but is considering the Alabama job as a career advantage.

"I feel honored to be nominated for that kind of position," he said. "I consider interviews as a process in which decisions can be made on both sides."

The Alabama program was the subject of an award-winning documentary a couple of years ago, Bannister said. It is a larger system than Utah's, involving programs for adults as well as children, and a budget of $32 million.