Richardson completes NRECA leadership

Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 3:02 pm

Paul Richardson, Fayetteville Public Utilities board member, was recognized for successfully completing the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Board Leadership Certification.

Paul Richardson (center) has been recognized for successfully completing the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Board Leadership Certification. Pictured are (from left) Janine Wilson, FPU’s board chairman, Richardson and Britt Dye, FPU’s CEO/general manager.

Paul Richardson (center) has been recognized for successfully completing the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Board Leadership Certification. Pictured are (from left) Janine Wilson, FPU’s board chairman, Richardson and Britt Dye, FPU’s CEO/general manager.

NRECA’s Board Leadership Certification consists of issue- and skill-based courses for electric utility directors. Directors must first obtain the Credentialed Cooperative Director Certificate and then complete a total of 10 additional training credits for the advanced Board Leadership Certification.

“I congratulate Mr. Richardson on achieving the Board Leadership Certification,” said Britt Dye, FPU’s CEO and general manager. “FPU is an aggressive utility, and our work continues to position our company to be ahead of growing customer needs. We need leaders like Mr. Richardson and others who serve on our board to be well prepared and confident in the roles they play for this utility and for this community.

“The board leadership training helps our directors understand the fundamentals of the electric business and the duties and responsibilities of being a director,” Dye added. “Because FPU is a multi-service utility, our board directors not only apply their training and certification to the electric department, but the leadership fundamentals they learn can also be applied to all FPU utility departments.”

To complete the training, the directors took five one- or two-day courses and passed exams on course content.

“The FPU Board of Directors is committed to making the best decisions for this community and for our customers,” said Dye. “We have a very dedicated group of men and women on our board who give of their time and expertise to help make FPU be what it is today.”

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