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American Printing House for the Blind President, Tuck Tinsley, to Retire in Early 2016

LOUISVILLE, KY (July 24, 2015)—The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) announces that its President, Dr. Tuck Tinsley III, will retire in early 2016 after 27 years of service to APH. Dr. Tinsley, a recognized and celebrated leader in the field of blindness, joined the company in 1989, following 21 years at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind. Under his leadership, APH has built its reputation as the premier locale in the United States for product development and innovation with the mission of serving students who are blind and visually impaired and those who provide services to them.

“Tuck is a champion of the blind who has significantly influenced the education of generations of students through the creation of unique products and the crucial services that support them,” offered APH Board Chairman, J. Barrett Nichols.

The highlights of his illustrious career touch many areas, from partnering with non-profit as well as for-profit companies to develop innovative products for blind students to leading APH to sound financial footing. Under his deft leadership, the company has contracted with thousands of product consultants and hundreds of braille transcribers to assure the timely delivery of innovative products, including a variety of textbook formats. His administrative foresight has kept APH on the cutting edge of product development, averaging 80+ new products per year since 1996, with 80% of the ideas for those products coming from the field.

Other noteworthy accomplishments include significantly growing the Federal Quota program, building APH’s status by strengthening connections with university programs, partnering with countless agencies and organizations to best leverage federal dollars, and building communications and relationships with APH’s 145 Ex Officio Trustees who administer the Federal Quota funds and register eligible students in the United States and the outlying areas of American Samoa, Guam, Northern Marianas, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. Dr. Tinsley also accepted the company responsibility of curating AFB’s renowned Migel Library and building and digitizing much of the collection, as well as establishing the APH Museum and housing the field’s Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field.

Dr. Tinsley opened the doors and windows of APH, ushering in a period of growth and expansion for which he credits staff and the company’s countless partners and consumers.

“I have been very fortunate to spend the last 27 years of my career in Louisville at the American Printing House for the Blind. It has been an honor to lead an organization with a clear, positive mission, extremely dedicated employees, and an amazingly supportive Board,” Tinsley said.

About the American Printing House for the Blind (APH)

In 1879 the U.S. Congress passed the Act to Promote the Education of the Blind. This act designates APH as the official supplier of educational materials to all students in the U.S. who meet the definition of blindness and are working at less than college level.

Founded in 1858, APH is the world’s largest nonprofit organization creating educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are blind and visually impaired. It is located at 1839 Frankfort Avenue in Louisville, Kentucky. For more information, visit