Northampton – Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech announced the appointment of Bruce Skyer as president and CEO.
Skyer brings more than 30 years of strategic business consulting, management and operations experience in youth-service and healthcare sectors to Clarke. Skyer comes to Clarke from Child First, where he served as chief operating officer and grew a sustainable national model that supports more than 2,000 children.
Prior to Child First, Skyer led the National Kidney Foundation as CEO where he spearheaded a new operating model that doubled the number of patients served while reducing expenses. His leadership transformed the foundation which serves millions of patients and health-care professionals.
Clarke supports individuals who are deaf of hard of hearing – from newborns to seniors – with programs and customized services intended to meet listening and spoken language goals. The tailored approach includes a continuum of services for students and their families at home, at sites along the East Coast, in mainstream classrooms and remotely through teleservices.
Skyer’s leadership comes as Clarke begins its second year of implementing a five-year strategic plan. The plan addresses operational and funding sustainability, as well as the standardization of empirically-supported services for infants, children, youth and adults who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Skyer holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Columbia University and master’s degree in finance from Fordham University. He is a former member of the All Stars Helping Kids New York Advisory Board and Congregation B’nai Israel, Bridgeport, Connecticut, Board of Trustees.
Skyer succeeds Doug Scott, who is retiring and will transition to Clarke’s Board of Trustees.