(NASHVILLE, TENN.) — The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) today awarded the Clyde T. Ellis Service Award to Glenn English, former CEO of NRECA, for his dedication and service at the helm of NRECA for nearly 20 years.
“Glenn’s steadfast leadership of NRECA for nearly two decades underscores his deep commitment to electric cooperatives and the cooperative business model. He worked tirelessly for our members and championed rights for consumer-members,” said Curtis Nolan, President of the NRECA Board of Directors. “Glenn understands the challenges of rural electric cooperatives, having been raised in a small town, and he used those experiences to great success on behalf of co-ops across the country.”
The Clyde T. Ellis Award, which memorializes NRECA’s first general manager (CEO), is conferred by the NRECA Board of Directors to honor an individual for contributions clearly above and beyond the routine call of duty in furthering the principles and progress of rural electrification and the development and utilization of national resources.
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is the national service organization that represents the nation’s more than 900 private, not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives, which provide service to 42 million people in 47 states.
More than 8,500 representatives from cooperative electric utilities across the nation are attending the NRECA Annual Meeting March 2-5, during which they will set NRECA’s legislative and organizational agenda for 2014. In addition to considering and acting upon policy resolutions, delegates receive reports from NRECA officials, hear addresses by key public figures and business experts, and attend educational forums on major issues affecting electric cooperatives and their consumer-owners.