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Charlie King

Charlie King is hopeful 25 years in a leadership role at James Madison University puts him in position to be a valuable voice on SVEC’s board of directors.

Family ties to electric cooperatives give him an extra personal boost in pursuing the placement of his name on the ballot.

“My grandfather, who was a dairy farmer, was a founding member of a rural electric co-op in North Carolina and served as president of the board for many years,” says King, a Rockingham County resident. “This would give me a unique opportunity to follow in my grandfather’s footsteps.”

King recently retired after 25 years as JMU’s senior vice president for administration and finance, where he managed the university’s budget and staff and oversaw construction projects. He now works part time assisting the university with General Assembly and state government relations.

“I have often described my position at JMU as being very similar to a city or county manager because JMU is like a little city,” King says. “All this [responsibility] required management skills that I would think would be very helpful to a board member of SVEC. My position at JMU required excellent personal relations skills with city, county, state and federal officials.”

He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Appalachian State University in North Carolina. King serves on the Atlantic Union Bank Advisory Board and has previous board experience with Radford Community Hospital and the First National Bank of Christiansburg.

He says he’s looking for options to remain busy in retirement while giving back to his community. As a board member, King says priorities include ensuring management is operating the organization as efficiently as possible but at the same time has the resources necessary to meet the demands of the business.

“I believe a good board member is aware of the concerns and needs of the constituents of SVEC and represents these to the board,” he says. “I think my years of experience working at JMU is an excellent match for being a board member at SVEC.”

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