INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis-based Herff Jones has named Steve Down president of its business division. He will report to Adam Blumenfield, chief executive officer of the parent company, Varsity Brands.

Herff Jones manufactures graduation and educational products such as class rings and jewelry, caps and gowns, yearbooks, diplomas and announcements.

Down most recently served as vice president and general manager for the Residential Division of Allegion, a provider of security products for homes and businesses.

"We had a long 'wish list' in identifying the next President of Herff Jones and Steve is the ideal candidate in almost every respect," Blumenfeld said. "He brings proven top line success while emphasizing product development and innovation – both of which will be vitally important as Herff Jones executes on our growth initiatives. Operationally, he brings discipline, accountability and conviction in the power of our employees and Sales Partners to recapture student imagination and propel Herff Jones forward. We look forward to Steve's contributions and welcome him to the Varsity Brands team."