William Hurd and Micky Lawson, two board directors of Fayetteville Public Utilities, and FPU’s CEO and General Manager Britt Dye were recognized during the recent Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association annual meeting for completion of the Board Leadership Certification provided by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA).
NRECA’s Board Leadership Certificate 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. Hurd, Mr. Lawson and Mr. Dye on achieving the Board Leadership Certification,” said Janine Wilson, chair of FPU’s board of directors. “Our utility is a large and complex business. This training helps our directors understand the fundamentals of the electric business and the duties and responsibilities of being a director. 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.
“Director training is not just a one-time event,” said Dye. “With the rising cost of energy and the importance of keeping it available and affordable for our customers, it is essential that directors, as representatives of our customers and the utility, understand the big picture and keep updated on the changing utility industry business. This requires on-going training in all facets of FPU board leadership and operations.
“The FPU Board of Directors is aggressive and 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 what it is today.”