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Gibson M. DuTerroil
Gib DuTerroil has been president of The Lighthouse of Houston since 1980. He has served as the organization's chief executive officer in charge of planning and directing the entire scope of its rehabilitation, community services, residential facilities, industrial division and educational programs. He also serves as president of the Houston Lighthouse Foundation, Lighthouse Living Centers, Inc., and Lighthouse Living Centers No. 2, Inc.
Mr. DuTerroil serves as chairman of the Board of Directors of Texas Industries for the Blind and Handicapped (TIBH). He is a past president of the General Council of Industries for the Blind (GCIB) and past chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Accreditation Council (NAC) for agencies and schools serving people who are blind and visually impaired.
Mr. DuTerroil served as chairman of the Texas Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled. He was appointed by Governors Mark White, Bill Clements and Ann Richards. He has served on several committees and commissions of the City of Houston concerning programs, services and initiatives for people with disabilities. He has also appeared as an expert witness before the U.S. House of Representatives and the Texas legislature on services to people who are blind.
Mr. DuTerroil was selected as the 2014 recipient of the R. B. Irwin Award, the highest honor bestowed by NIB. This award honors individuals who have made dynamic contributions to create and improve employment opportunities for people who are blind.
In 2014, Mr. DuTerroil received the “Spirit of Texas” State Use Award for commitment to the progress and employment of people with disabilities.
He is a representative of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) of the U.S. Department of State working with disability organizations in the Middle East and India.