During his two-decade stint, from 1981-2002, Tiffany served as principal of Alabama School for the Deaf, director of the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind’s Regional Center in Huntsville and as executive assistant to the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind president.
A Dixon, Ill., native, Tiffany graduated from Northern Illinois University, earning a bachelor’s degree in special education and a master’s degree in educational administration. He later obtained a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Tiffany started his teaching career at the Dixon State School in 1968 as a teacher for the deaf. Other jobs held before he joined the AIDB staff included various positions with Florida School for the Deaf and Blind, assistant superintendent with Kentucky School for the Deaf and teacher coordinator for the hearing impaired with the Bi-County Special Education Cooperative in Morrison, Ill.
“John Tiffany was well known in the deaf community in Alabama and across the country,” AIDB Director of Institutional Advancement Lynne Hanner said. “He was fluent in sign language and committed his entire adult life to deaf education and serving children and adults who are deaf and hard of hearing. During his tenure at AIDB, the Alabama School for the Deaf experienced many programmatic and athletic accomplishments as well as campus improvements.”
Memorial services for Tiffany will be held Friday at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church with Father Ben Turnage officiating.
“John was passionate about his role as a leader and administrator and certainly made an impact on AIDB,” Hanner said. “He will be missed and we extend our condolences to his wife, Selena, and family.”
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