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Celebrating the Past, Welcoming the Future

Former SkillsUSA state director Chelle Travis has been named the new executive director for SkillsUSA. Travis takes the helm in November.
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November will be a bittersweet month for SkillsUSA, as we prepare to say goodbye to retiring executive director Tim Lawrence while happily welcoming new executive director Chelle Travis.

Travis — formerly the postsecondary director for SkillsUSA Tennessee and assistant vice chancellor for the Colleges of Applied Technology with the Tennessee Board of Regents — brings 17 years of experience in career and technical education to the role. “She is a proven leader in our space who strongly believes in the mission of our work,” says Lawrence.

Lawrence has been involved with SkillsUSA on every level, from student to teacher/advisor to state director. He’s served as SkillsUSA’s executive director for the last 19 years, and his leadership has taken the organization to new heights. For more on this leadership transition, visit: • tinyurl.com/SkillsUSA-executive-director.

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