WASHINGTON (12/18/14)--Montana Credit Union Network President/CEO Tracie Kenyon is the new chair of the American Association of Credit Union Leagues (AACUL).
Kenyon, who most recently was AACUL's first vice chair, is succeeding Kentucky Credit Union League President/CEO Wendell Lyons, who stepped down from the position this week.
Kenyon has led the Montana league for 13 years and has been on the AACUL board since 2010, serving as secretary, treasurer and second vice chair.
"Tracie Kenyon has a long and deep understanding of the needs of credit unions, both in her state of Montana and across the country--the result of her work on the national level over these many years," said Jim Nussle, president/CEO, Credit Union National Association. "In this new role as AACUL chair, I know she will call on this experience to best serve credit unions and leagues, as they strive to best serve credit union members. I look forward to working with Tracie in the coming months, reflecting the continued close partnership between CUNA and AACUL."
He added, "My thanks also to Wendell Lyons, the former chair, for his long dedication and continued service to the leagues and to credit unions nationwide."
While serving as first vice chair, Kenyon simultaneously served as chair of the Credit Union Legislative Action Council during its record-setting 2014 election cycle during which CULAC raised more than $4 million and won more than 90% of the races in which the organization contributed.
"On behalf of the entire board, I want share my appreciation for the leadership that Wendell has provided over the past year, and we are pleased that he will continue to be an active member of AACUL," Kenyon said.
Other members of the board will transition to the following positions:
Ex officio members are AACUL Executive Director Susan Newton and immediate past chair Bill Mellin, president/CEO, New York Credit Union Association.
The secretary position will be filled by appointment.