Four FPU leaders earn top utility certification

Fayetteville Public Utilities’ CEO and General Manager Britt Dye and three members of the FPU Board of Directors recently completed the Director Gold Certificate program through the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA).

The Director Gold Certificate is the third and final measure of the utility’s established board director training. To reach the level of Director Gold, utility board directors have previously completed the NRECA Credentialed Cooperative Director Certificate and the Board Leadership Certificate training programs and are committed to continuing their education throughout their tenure on the board.

Although the NRECA board training sessions focus mainly on the electric industry, a vast majority of the training can be easily applied to governing all utility services offered by FPU.

Through the NRECA Credentialed Cooperative Director and Board Leadership programs, utility leaders complete an extensive compilation of training courses designed to prepare today’s board directors for the roles they play and the challenges they face in the electric industry. Included in the training are such areas as board director duties and liabilities; legal and regulatory concepts; generation, transmission and distribution of electricity; current and emerging technologies; environmental issues; strategic planning; financial decision making; grassroots strategies and communications; policy development; and risk management for emergency response during storms and cyber-attacks.

Six of FPU’s seven board directors and its general manager have achieved the essential training necessary to help them effectively navigate FPU in an ever-changing industry.

Achieving the NRECA Director Gold Certificate honors are William Hurd, vice-chairman; Paul Richardson, board member; Micky Lawson, board member; and FPU CEO and General Manager Britt Dye.

They join Michael Whisenant, board member; Janine Wilson, chairman; and Glenn Oldham, secretary/treasurer who had previously received the NRECA Director Gold Certificates in 2016.

FPU’s board members Hurd, Richardson, and Lawson join Dye in achieving Director Gold status with NRECA.