Austin Beutner Retires From VTL Board; Ann Hollister Promoted to President
Vision To Learn Founder Austin Beutner took the reins of the nation’s second largest school district on Tuesday after the L.A. Unified School Board voted for his appointment as superintendent on May 1.
Since his appointment, Beutner has relinquished his position as Chair of Vision To Learn’s Board of Directors and has retired from the Board. Vision To Learn Executive Director Ann Hollister has stepped into the role of President of the non-profit organization, and Virginia Beutner is now the Chair of the Vision To Learn Board. Mickey Kantor continues to serve as Co-Chair of the Board.
“We look forward to watching Austin’s success in his new role at L.A. Unified, and we are thrilled to collaborate more closely with Virginia and Mickey to help more children get the glasses they need to succeed in school, and in life,” said Hollister.
The move for Beutner marks a new opportunity to expand the work he began with Vision To Learn six years ago. Since then, Vision To Learn has provided more than 100,000 children with glasses, free of charge to students and their families.
“While I am stepping aside from my formal role with Vision To Learn, I remain committed to Vision To Learn’s continued success and accomplishment,” said Beutner. “I am pleased to be leaving Vision To Learn in very capable hands.”
About Vision To Learn:
Vision To Learn, a non-profit charity, started with one van in Los Angeles in 2012 and now helps kids in low-income communities in 242 cities in 12 states. Vision To Learn serves the needs of the hardest-to-reach children; about 90% of kids served by Vision To Learn live in poverty and about 85% are kids of color. Since its inception, Vision To Learn has helped provide vision screenings to over 550,000 kids, provided 125,000 kids with eye exams and 100,000 with glasses, all free of charge to students and their families. For more information on Vision To Learn, please visit www.visiontolearn.org.