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Todd Van Horn

Todd Van Horn seeks a second term as an SVEC director, running unopposed for the seat from Frederick County.

“You are doing this for the community. This is not something for yourself,” he says.

Van Horn was first elected to SVEC’s board of directors in June 2018. As part of a transition in overall board governance, the next term for the cooperative’s Frederick County director seat will run three years.

Van Horn serves as chair of SVEC’s strategic planning committee and is a member of the finance committee. He earned a bachelor’s degree in technology education from Fairmont State in West Virginia.

Van Horn is a fiber/copper splicer for Frontier. He says this role has afforded him life experience on issues facing the co-op today, such as a roll out of a fiber-optic cable network that will help expand broadband service.

“My background in a similar field makes me a strong board member,” Van Horn says. “On the technology side, issues with broadband and fiber backbone, I understand all of that. I’m also a futuristic-looking person. I don’t try to dwell on what’s going on today.

“I try to look at the long-term goal.”

He has been a football and softball coach, as well as ski club sponsor, at Sherando High School. Van Horn has also held the title of vice president and president of technology education students at Fairmont State. One area he found was missing in his life was community service, which led him to run for SVEC’s board four years ago and brings him back to seek another term.

“I wanted to do something for the community. As you get older in life, you start looking at that,” Van Horn says. “When you have younger kids running around the house, you don’t look for extracurricular things. The opportunity hit me at SVEC. It was a great time to start.”

As a board member, he says it’s important to carry the goal of selflessness in every decision that’s made.

“This is not personal gains you’re looking for,” Van Horn says.