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National Organization Chooses Jane W. Hardy as New Board Chair

Jane W. Hardy

Louisville, KY (January 23, 2017)—Jane W. Hardy has been elected to chair the Board of Trustees of the American Printing House for the Blind (APH). She has served on the board since 2006. Ms. Hardy is the first woman to chair the Board since the Charter of APH was enacted by the General Assembly of Kentucky on January 23, 1858.

APH’s board of trustees sets policy and provides direction for the world’s largest company devoted solely to making products for people who are visually impaired.

Ms. Hardy is excited to work with President Meador, the executive committee, and the board on a new multi-year strategic plan and looks forward to leading the board during this time of innovation and change at APH.

During her time on the APH board, Ms. Hardy has served as Chair of the APH Development and Compensation Committees, and as a member of the Finance and Audit and Search Committees which recently completed a search for new President, Craig Meador, Ed.D., in 2016. She has served on multiple boards in the Louisville area including the Board of Directors of the Louisville Science Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and The Fairmont Fund. She is an active member of the international Young Presidents Organization where she has served as Chair of the Women’s YPO Network and as a member of the International Networks Committee, as well as many regional and local positions.

Jane Hardy is currently CEO and chairman of Brinly-Hardy Co., a fifth generation manufacturing business based in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Brinly-Hardy Co. is a certified Women Owned Business Enterprise engineering and manufacturing products for multiple brands in the residential lawn, commercial golf and turf and HVAC industries.

About APH – The American Printing House for the Blind

The American Printing House for the Blind, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is the world’s largest company devoted solely to creating educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are blind and visually impaired. Founded in 1858 in Louisville, Kentucky, APH is the oldest organization of its kind in the United States. Under the 1879 federal Act to Promote the Education of the Blind, and funded in part by a federal appropriation, APH is the official supplier of educational materials for eligible students in the US and outlying areas who are working at less than college level.

APH designs and produces textbooks and magazines in braille, large print, audio, and digital formats. APH also researches, develops and manufactures hundreds of educational, recreational, and daily living products, often in partnership with other organizations to achieve the goal of accessibility for people who are blind or visually impaired. The American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. is headquartered at 1839 Frankfort Avenue in Louisville, Kentucky.