It let people know that the search for a new Executive Director at the Division of Blind Services was over, that the new Director's name is Robert L. Doyle, and that his most recent job was in Delaware where he directed their blind services section.
started work on July 17th and, by the end of that week, there was another new beginning!
This time, right after the usual start of meeting stuff, Mr. Doyle
was scheduled to give his
report as the new DBS
presentation was fluid and well thought through.
It demonstrated a very considerable familiarity with the issues that are faced by the division.
had clearly done his
homework and worked hard during the first week on the job!
I am not going to make any attempt to paraphrase what he
said or to discuss the issues he
raised in a lot of detail.
I do want to give you a sense of the man.
I felt him to be open and articulate and careful with his
is married and has nine children!
describes himself as a man of faith and, according to several sighted people, he
takes copious notes.
did not have a lot to say during the meeting but, at least from my perspective, when he
said what he
had to say clearly and succinctly.
Repeatedly during the meeting, Mr. Doyle
indicated how important effective and timely service delivery is to him.
During the public forum, he
made a point of stressing that he
will be looking at ways of making timely and responsive service a central component of DBS
I do believe I have seen enough to be able to say that Mr. Doyle
showed considerable promise for a rookie in Florida.
I welcomed him on behalf of FCB
and told him we were looking forward to getting to know him better.
I reminded him to keep the week end of our convention open next June and he
assured me he