Byron Culver graduated from RIT in 1918 and following service in World War I, joined the art faculty at his alma mater. In 1937, Culver became the first director of the School of Printing, serving in this capacity until 1965. He won many awards and titles, becoming known as “the dean of printing educators."
Also in his time as director, the Graphic Arts Research Center (GARC) at RIT was established in 1951 to apply scientific and engineering principles to the printing and publishing industry. Results of research were made available as possible to the industry.