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National Industries for the Blind President and CEO Selected for LEAD VIRGINIA

April 11, 2012, ALEXANDRIA, VA – Kevin A. Lynch, president and CEO of National Industries for the Blind (NIB), has been selected as a member of the 2012 Class of LEAD VIRGINIA, a statewide leadership program that educates Virginia’s leaders on issues surrounding regional differences, opportunities and challenges across the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Lynch is one of 54 senior-level executives drawn from nonprofit, education, private, financial, and government agencies across Virginia. As part of a rigorous curriculum, LEAD VIRGINIA participants will explore major issues and opportunities in the areas of health, economy, and education.

“Graduates of the LEAD VIRGINIA program are better equipped to facilitate change throughout the Commonwealth and offer innovative solutions that will positively affect citizens in the years to come,“ said Susan Horne, president and CEO of LEAD VIRGINIA.

Under Lynch’s leadership, NIB has developed a number of award-winning, innovative training and career advancement programs that prepare individuals who are blind for rewarding, successful careers and upward mobility.

Lynch has also overseen the expansion of SKILCRAFT® product development to more than 3,500 offerings; creation of new services such as Contract Management Support contract closeout and Section 508 assurance; and implemented a multi-year strategic planning effort.

NIB and its network of 90 nonprofit associated agencies serve as the largest employer of people who are blind, employing more than 6100 individuals who are blind. Lynch has held leadership roles at NIB since joining the organization in 1994; he was appointed to his current position by the NIB Board of Directors in August 2008.


About National Industries for the Blind (NIB)

NIB is a nonprofit organization focused on its mission to enhance the opportunities for economic and personal independence of persons who are blind, primarily through creating, sustaining and improving employment. NIB and its network of 90 nonprofit associated agencies nationwide serve as the largest employer for people who are blind by the sale of SKILCRAFT® and other products and services through the AbilityOne Program, established by the Javits-Wagner-O'Day Act.


LEAD VIRGINIA was incorporated as a charitable and educational organization in March 2005 and is patterned after similar models of statewide leadership programs across the nation. Led by a board of directors composed of business, education, government, non-profit and community leaders from across Virginia, LEAD VIRGINIA uses a proven model for developing a statewide network of leaders by engaging academic, business, civic and government advisors to educate class members on the wide range of key issues in Virginia.

Gail Adams
Communications Manager