World Services for the Blind Taps Tony Woodell as President, CEO

Tony O. Woodell, chief operating officer at World Services for the Blind, has received a promotion.

Woodell will assume the role of president and chief executive officer, effective immediately. He succeeds Larry Dickerson, who announced his retirement in March after five years as the nonprofit's top executive.

"I am excited about the opportunity and am honored by this appointment," Woodell said in a news release. "The groundwork provided by those who have served in this capacity before me has laid a strong foundation on which to build. I look forward to working with the staff and board to help our clients achieve sustainable independence."

Woodell joined WSB in 2011. Previously, he worked with the Baptist Health Foundation and Heifer International. A Casper, Wyoming native, Woodell earned his bachelor's at Ouachita Baptist University and completed his graduate studies at Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.

Tom Duke, chairman of the nonprofit's board of directors, said Woodell's appointment was a unanimous decision.

"The board is confident in Mr. Woodell's ability to lead World Services for the Blind," he said in the news release. "Like many nonprofits we have experienced and, thankfully, overcome our share of hardships. I expect our future to be bright as we move forward with new ideas and new programs."

Dickerson will stay on staff until July 15 in a consulting capacity during the transition period.