Travis Takes Leadership of SkillsUSA

Chelle Travis is the new executive director for Lucketts-based SkillsUSA.

Travis brings 17 years of leadership experience to the role with a track record elevating the SkillsUSA mission and program in her home state of Tennessee.

At the SkillsUSA national headquarters, she leads a full-time staff of 34.

Travis is only the fourth leader of SkillsUSA since its founding in 1965. She formerly served the Tennessee Board of Regents as assistant vice chancellor for the Colleges of Applied Technology and is also a former state SkillsUSA director. In those roles, she collaborated with business and industry, educators, legislators and other leaders to design curricula, develop programs and draft legislation. She holds an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in business from Middle Tennessee State University and is completing a doctoral degree.

She succeeds Tim Lawrence, who served as SkillsUSA’s executive director for 19 years.

SkillsUSA helps students develop necessary personal and workplace skills along with technical skills grounded in academics. SkillsUSA has more than 360,000 annual members nationwide in high schools, colleges and middle schools, covering over 130 trade, technical and skilled service occupations. Learn more atSkillsUSA.org.

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