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Lynne Lawson Fugate Named CEO of Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians


The Girl Scout Council of Southern Appalachian’s (GSCSA) board of directors appointed Lynne Lawson Fugate as CEO of the council. Her start of service today concludes an extensive search process completed by a board of directors committee, after receiving input from council staff, volunteers and girl members.

“Lynne’s extensive experience as a leader and member of business and community organizations, combined with her proven leadership in the private and non-profit sectors, make her an ideal fit for GSCSA and its current needs,” said Jennifer Knight, Board Chair, Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians. “Our search committee was impressed with her insights, intuition, and an eagerness to connect with the people who comprise our diverse stakeholders across the council. We congratulate Lynne and look forward to GSCSA flourishing under her leadership.”

“I am honored to serve in this role and look forward to working with the Council’s volunteers and staff to bring Girl Scouting, and the leadership development it provides, to many more girls throughout our region. I was a Girl Scout, and personally appreciate the positive influence Girl Scouts can have on the trajectory of a girl’s life,” said Fugate. “There’s no doubt in my mind that the world needs more girls of courage, confidence, and character who are committed to making it a better place. The mission of Girl Scouts is relevant, important, and inspiring to me.”

Most recently, Fugate served as Senior Vice President at SmartBank in Knoxville, TN where she was responsible for direct sales, new business development, customer service and staff management. She also coordinated charitable contributions for the Knoxville market. In addition to her extensive career in banking and finance, Fugate was Executive Director for Nine Counties. One Vision from 1999-2005. This organization was established to create a vision for the Knoxville metro area and the roadmap toward achieving it. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee and currently serves on the Knox County Board of Education.

About the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians…
The Girl Scout Mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. The council has approximately 9,000 girl members and 2,000 adult volunteers in the Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Tri-Cities metros. Membership is always open to girls and volunteers. Please visit for more information and online registration.