FPU Board Members Complete Recertification for director Gold certificate training

(Pictured: Achieving the NRECA Director Gold Certificate recertification honors are Ex Officio Board Member, Mayor Michael Whisenant; Board Chairman, William Hurd; Board Member, Paul Richardson; FPU CEO and General Manager, Britt Dye; Assistant Manager, Kim Posey and Board Secretary/Treasurer, Glenn Oldham.)


Fayetteville Public Utilities’ CEO and General Manager Britt Dye, Assistant  Manager Kim Posey, Ex Officio Board Member Mayor Michael Whisenant, Board Secretary/Treasurer Glenn Oldham, Board Chairman William Hurd and Board Member Paul Richardson recently completed recertification for 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. To complete the recertification for this certificate, directors and employees must participate in 24 hours of approved training every two years. 


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.