Bronelle Skaggs, a beloved former Regional Director of Mayo State Vocational Technical School, returned to campus after a twenty-one year absence. He retired in 1992 as the Regional Director for Vocational Education for Region Eleven, comprised of MSVTS and five area technology centers including Garth in Floyd County, Martin County, Millard, Belfry and Phelps. He is still remembered for his commitment to education, community, church and family.
He was destined to be in education. After he graduated from Flat Gap High School in 1951, he enrolled at Berea College. Berea awarded him a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree in 1955. Bronelle later attended the University of Kentucky and received a Master of Science in Agricultural Education in 1966.
Bryan Station High Schools loss became Mayos gain. He indicated he left the Lexington school one day, went home, and told his wife he had resigned. It definitely took a leap of faith for him to leave a job without any plans for the future with a wife and two children. But, as fate would have it, within two weeks George Ramey, the Director of Mayo, asked him to come to Paintsville to work.
After retiring, he continued to have an impact on the region. He worked at the Mountain Home Center for approximately six months as well as in the Johnson County Judges office. He moved to North Carolina in 1999 to be closer to his family. He is enjoying his retirement growing roses and learning to golf and fish with his grandsons. He has also found time to give back and continues to touch others through educational materials! He is the North Carolina State Director for Fellowship of Baptist Educators. The organization sponsors Book-Link, which sends Bibles and Christian study materials, written in English, to missionaries, pastors and school libraries worldwide.
When asked what working at the school meant to him, Bronelle said, Working at Mayo far superseded any expectation I ever had regarding my lifes occupation. The door of opportunity opened for me and that led to meeting and working with some of the greatest people I have ever known. I saw many students walk across the auditorium stage at Mayo to receive their diploma. The success of the students and staff enriched my life. I will always be grateful for the years I spent at Mayo.
Take this opportunity to talk with Mr. Skaggs; his email address firstname.lastname@example.org.