Board of Directors

TVA Board Meeting - August 27, 2020

The TVA Board of Directors will again conduct a virtual meeting format due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. ET on Thursday, August 27, 2020, and will be streamed live.

The Tennessee Valley Authority Board of Directors will again seek written comments from the public as part of a modified listening session necessary to maintain physical distancing and public health during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.The format will be same as used in May.

Written comments may be submitted beginning on Thursday, August 20, and will be accepted until 5 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, August 25. All comments will be presented to Board members prior to their scheduled quarterly meeting on Thursday, August 27. 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.


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Board Members

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: James “Skip” Thompson of Decatur, Ala., is the president and CEO of Corporate Billing, a subsidiary of National Bank of Commerce, Birmingham, Ala. Previously, he served as the president and CEO of both First American Bank in Decatur and First Commercial Bank in Huntsville, Ala., as well as serving on the board of Decatur Utilities. His term expires May 18, 2021.
Kenneth Allen
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.
AD Frazier
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.
Richard Howorth
Richard Howorth of Oxford, Miss., served two terms as mayor of Oxford and is founder and owner of Square Books, a leading independent bookstore in Oxford. As mayor, he was chairman of the authority overseeing the Oxford Electric Department. He served eight years as a director and officer of the North Mississippi Industrial Development Association and is former president of the American Booksellers Association. His term expires May 18, 2020.
William Kilbride
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.
John Ryder
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 adjunct law professor at Vanderbilt University, his law school alma mater. His term expires May 18, 2021.
Jeff Smith
Jeff W. Smith of Knoxville, Tenn., is the executive vice president for operations for UT-Battelle and serves as the deputy of operations at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His tenure at the lab has been accompanied by significant expansion and modernization, even while reducing operational costs. During a six-month special assignment in 2002, he assisted with the creation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. His term expires May 18, 2022.