Harrell named to head Career & Technology Center

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The Anderson School District One and Two Career and Technology Center Board has named Holli Harrell as the new Director. Harrell, who is the current Assistant Director will replace retiring CTC Director Dr. Jere Kirkley for the 2014-15 school year.

Dr. Kirkley announced in January that he intends to retire as Director of the CTC at the end of the school year.

Board Chairman Nancy Upton said, “The Board and school employees will miss Dr., Kirkley greatly but must respect that, after 43 years of service to the school system, he deserves to spend more time with his family and friends and to pursue personal hobbies and interests.”

Upton said the board took steps to identify Dr. Kirkley’s successor so that the attainments of the school’s students, faculty and staff would continue and there would be a smooth transition in leadership.

Rather than look outside the district for the successor, the board looked internally to see if there was an administrator who not only knows the communities served by the two school districts, but is a proven, experienced and excellent leader, Upton said.

“The Board realized that the Career & Technology Center is fortunate to have a highly-regarded administrator as its Assistant Director, Holli Harrell, who is recognized in the uptate for her leadership in college and career education preparation,” Upton said. “More importantly, Mrs. Harrell understands fully the expectations of our students, parents, and employees, and has played a key role for the past 12 years in the progress that our center has made.”

After meeting with Harrell where she spoke with them about her leadership, management style and vision for the Career and Technology Center, the Board voted Friday to offer her the position.

Harrell has a Masters in Secondary Eductional Leadership and Supervision from Furman University, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administraon from Webber University in Babson Park, Florida and an Associate of Arts in Business from Polk Commuity College in Winter Haven, Florida.

She has been the Assistant Director and the Anderson District One and Two Career & Technology Center since July 2002.

Prior to that she was the Business Education Instructor with the School District of Greenville County 1998-2002 and an Administrative Assistant with Greenville County School District 2001-2002.

She was also an Administrative Assistant at Berea High School, 2001-2002 and a Business Education Instructor with the School District of Polk County in Florida.

Harrell has certifications as Vocational Center Director, Secondary Supervisor, Secondary Principal and Business Education.

She resides in Easley.

CTC Board Chairman Upton said, “The Board believes Mrs.. Harrell is the right person to serve as Director of the Career and Technology Center and members trust the staff and community will give its full support to her.”