Patton Named Executive Director

Patton Named Executive Director of the Southwest Virginia Workforce Development Board

The Southwest Virginia Workforce Development Board has named Rachel Patton the new executive director following a nationwide search. At its May meeting, the board voted to appoint Patton based on the recommendation of its executive committee. Patton will step into the role on June 1, filling the position held by Aleta Spicer for nearly a decade.

A native of Southwest Virginia, Patton has served as the Director of Business Services for the Southwest Virginia Workforce Development Board for the past ten years.  She collaborates with a team to ensure that regional businesses and industries are accessing state workforce services. She works to help coordinate customized solutions for businesses. In addition, she has nearly 20 years of experience in workforce development, grants administration, program development, and higher education.

Patton received her Master of Science in Occupational and Technology Studies with a Business and Industry Training concentration from Old Dominion University.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from King University.   She is a member of the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals, President of her local Woodmen of the World chapter 404, and a 2016 recipient of the Tri-Cities Business Journal 40 Under Forty award.

“We are excited to transition Rachel into the Executive Director position.  She is an incredible leader and has demonstrated her passion for workforce development. She is committed to the Workforce Development Board’s mission and is well-respected by her peers and the community,” said Sharon Vandyke, Chairperson of the Southwest Virginia Workforce Development Board.

 Funded by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the Southwest Virginia Workforce Development Board offers re-employment and training programs to assist adults, dislocated workers, and youth to enter high-demand occupations and

gain livable wages within their geographical areas. The Southwest Virginia Workforce Development Board serves eight jurisdictions in far southwest Virginia including the counties of Buchanan, Dickenson Russell, Tazewell, Lee, Scott, Wise, and the city of Norton.