Prof elected VP of Texas Council for Exceptional Children

Posted July 10, 2012

Dr. Dennis Cavitt, instructor of special education in the Department of Teacher Education, has been elected vice president of the Texas Council for Exceptional Children.

This honor comes as no surprise with Cavitt's extensive involvement in the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). He has been a member of the CEC for the last decade and active in the Texas Division of CEC for 5 years.

"There are excellent opportunities for individuals voted to board positions," Cavitt says. "The VP and positions above are invited to attend the CEC Summer Leadership Institute summer conference for the next two years. It's also an exciting time to serve on the board since major education law changes are on the horizon."

Cavitt was nominated in April by the CEC-Texas Board to run for vice president. The elections took place during the state conference the end of June. His election means four years in four different leadership roles: vice president in 2012-13, president-elect in 2013-14, president in 2014-15, and past president in 2015-16.

Cavitt's ten years of involvement in the CEC encompass a variety of projects, including the establishment of an ACU student chapter of CEC with Dr. Jill Scott from the Department of Teacher Education; speaking at the CEC summer conference; serving as chair of an ad hoc committee established by the board president; updating the CEC website; and working with ACU students to present at CEC conferences.

About the Council for Exceptional Children

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides professional development, advocates for individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.

The Texas Division of the CEC has made a large impact on the organization as a whole with a long and distinguished history spanning 50 years. Many well-known names in the special education field have been closely associated with CEC-Texas over the decades of its existence. It has been a strong and influential voice for special education professionals and for services to exceptional children in Texas.

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