The Tennessee Valley Authority Board of Directors will again conduct its scheduled quarterly meeting in a virtual format at 10 a.m. ET on Thursday, February 11, 2021 to comply with COVID-19 guidelines supporting the health and safety of TVA team members, the public and their families during the ongoing pandemic.
Although physical distancing requirements continue to make in-person comments in a traditional listening session impractical, the board encourages interested members of the public to make their opinions and comments heard through written comments.
Written comments may be submitted through an online form beginning on Wednesday, February 3, and will be accepted until 5 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, February 9. All comments will be presented to Board members prior to their scheduled quarterly meeting on Thursday, February 11. While COVID-19 public health guidelines make an in-person listening session impractical, the Board still encourages those interested in sharing comments or opinions to submit written comments on any TVA-related topic.
They are nominated by the President of the United States and confirmed by the Senate, and each serves a term of five years. The proceedings of their meetings are open to the public. When their terms expire, directors may remain on the board until the end of the current congressional session (typically in December) or until their successors take office, whichever comes first.
Chair - John Ryder of Memphis, Tenn., served as General Counsel for the Republican National Committee from 2013 to 2017. In addition, he remains a leading bankruptcy and election law attorney with the Harris Shelton law firm in Memphis and has served as an adjunct law professor at Vanderbilt University, his law school alma mater. His term expires May 18, 2021.
Kenneth Allen of White Plains, Ky., was executive vice president of operations and chief operating officer for Armstrong Coal Company. With a 50-plus year career in the coal industry, he has served in numerous roles from field electrician to division chief electrical engineer to mine superintendent to operations manager to VP of resource development and conservancy for Peabody Energy. His term expires May 18, 2021.
A.D. Frazier of Mineral Bluff, Ga., has spent his entire 35-year career as an executive manager in the for-profit, not-for-profit and government sectors, principally in the financial services industry. After serving as the chief operating officer of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, he became the only COO to be awarded the International Olympic Committee’s Olympic Order in Gold, its highest service award. His term expires May 18, 2022.
Beth Harwell was the speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives for seven years while serving as the 56th District state representative for nearly 30 years. Previously, she chaired the Tennessee Republican Party and served as an assistant professor of political science at Belmont University, as well as in a variety of additional roles in both education and public service. Her term expires on May 18, 2024.
William Kilbride of Chattanooga, Tenn., served as President/CEO of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce from 2014 to 2017. Previously, he served as president of the Home Division and Chief Sustainability Officer for Mohawk Industries in Calhoun, Ga., for over 20 years. He currently serves on the board of several non-profit and for-profit Chattanooga-based organizations. His term expires May 18, 2023.
Brian Noland of Johnson City, Tenn., joined East Tennessee State University as its ninth president in 2012 after previously serving as the chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education System. In 2018, he was elected to the board of
the American Council on Education and also serves on the boards of a number of other educational and civic organizations, as well as an Institute of Higher Education fellow at the University of Georgia. His term expires May 18, 2024.
Jeff W. Smith of Knoxville, Tenn., has spent his career in the Department of Energy's national laboratory system, most recently serving as the Deputy for Operations at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a position held since 2000. He is also President of the UT-Battelle Development Corporation and, as part of a previous special assignment, assisted with the creation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. His term expires May 18, 2022.