Charles J. Saylors

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Charles J. "Chuck" Saylors is the PTA's first-ever male national president. He was elected national PTA president-elect in June 2007 to a two-year term.  He was installed as national PTA president in June 2009 and has been a PTA member for almost 30 years.

Saylors started volunteering for PTA when his oldest son Matthew (now 34 years old) was in the first grade at Woodland Elementary in Greer, South Carolina. He and his wife Teresa started volunteering then and they have not slowed down since. The Saylors have been married for 33 years and have four children; Matthew, Jennifer Poland (31), Tyler (22) and William (19). They are also the proud grandparents of Bethany Canova (10) and Kylee Poland (4), Jennifer’s daughters. Teresa is a past PTA president at Taylors Elementary.

Saylors states: “Parent involvement is critical to student success. I would hope that all adults would support PTA and the schools in their communities. To Dads, get involved!”

Saylors has been in the construction industry for over 30 years and is currently Vice President for the Construction Management Division of M.B. Kahn Construction, a national top 10 education contractor. Saylors also serves on a number of national, state, and community boards. He is a trustee for the School District of Greenville County (SC), serving four years as board chair, and is a former board member for Greenville Technical College.

National/State/ Local PTA Positions and Activities:   

  • National PTA President-Elect (2007-2009)
  • National PTA Secretary-Treasurer (2005-2007)
  • South Carolina PTA President (2003-2005)
  • Former SCPTA Vice President and Treasurer
  • Former President, District 1 PTA
  • Former Board Member, District 1 PTA
  • Former Board Member, Northeast PTA Council
  • Former President, Woodland Elementary PTA

Professional/Volunteer Positions and Activities (Non-PTA):

  • Regional Vice President (2016-2017) for the Association for Learning Environments
  • Furman University Riley Institute Fellow
  • Education Policy Fellow with the Institute for Educational Leadership
  • Past President, National Federation of Urban Suburban School Districts
  • Trustee, School District of Greenville County (four years as chairman)
  • Former Board Member, Greenville Technical College
  • Former President and Board Member, Roper Mountain Science Center
  • Former Executive Board Member, Blue Ridge Council BSA
  • Member and Former Deacon, Hampton Heights Baptist Church
  • Former Board Member, Greenville Family Partnership (National Red Ribbon)