Elaine Swafford Appointed as New CGLA Director

The Young Women’s Leadership Academy Foundation (YWLAF), the founding sponsor of the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy (CGLA), is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Elaine Swafford as the new Director of School. “We are confident in Dr. Swafford’s leadership. Her experience, expertise and knowledge will undoubtedly strengthen and transform the lives of girls and young women in Hamilton County. She understands how educational opportunity can change the life of a child for the better,” explained Sue Anne Wells, Co-Founder of CGLA and Board Chair of YWLAF. Dr. Swafford received her Ed.D in Educational Leadership and has most recently served as Vice-President of Student Affairs at Chattanooga State Community College where she served as a member of the president’s cabinet and executive staff. Before Chattanooga State, Dr. Swafford was both an Area Superintendent for Hamilton County Schools and the Executive Principal at Howard School of Academics and Technology. With a long resume of community service and volunteerism throughout Chattanooga, Dr. Swafford is proud to have served on many boards like The Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce, Goodwill Industries and the YMCA. “I am excited to lead a committed team of students, families, teachers and volunteers in bettering the lives of young women in Chattanooga,” said Swafford. “As I understand, 100% of donations to YWLAF go to fund the school. I look forward to working with the board of directors, staff, volunteers and many supporters of CGLA, and I encourage anyone embracing innovation in education to visit the school. I look forward to leading these young women toward a successful future and a life filled with purpose and numerous career opportunities.”
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