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J. Gary Mudd Promoted Vice President for Public Affairs at the American Printing House for the Blind

News Release: Louisville, Kentucky, January 2, 2001

The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) has promoted J. Gary Mudd to the newly created position of Vice President for Public Affairs. In addition to assuming the duties associated with his new role as Vice President, he will continue as head of the public affairs department. Mudd is the first vice president in the organization's 142-year history who is blind or visually impaired.

Mudd joined APH in 1986 as Consumer Information Consultant. In 1992, he became director of the Public Affairs Department. As director of Public Affairs, he is responsible for managing the department's day-to-day operations, overseeing personnel, and developing and implementing goals and objectives in support of the APH mission. His particular focus is developing and maintaining contact with government officials, and educating them about how APH uses its annual federal appropriation (nearly 50% or the APH operating budget). He is also actively involved with advocating on disability issues, both locally and nationally, and presents educational programs to civic groups and educational organizations.

Mr. Mudd grew up on a farm near Frederickstown, Kentucky, and graduated from high school at the Kentucky School for the Blind in Louisville. He attended the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville. He received a BS in sociology from the University of Louisville in 1994. Before joining APH, he was a production engineer and assistant music director at WHAS Radio in Louisville.

The American Printing House for the Blind, founded in 1858, is the oldest organization of its kind in the United States and the world's largest not-for-profit company that creates educational, workplace and life-style products and services for people who are blind or visually impaired.

Contact Roberta Williams, Public Relations Specialist, for more information. Telephone: 1 -800-223-1839 or (502) 895-2405; e-mail: rwilliams@aph.org

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