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The Morris W. H. (Bill) Collins Speaker Series

Photo of Glenn L. McCullough, Jr.

January 30, 2003     Photos     Video

Glenn L. McCullough Jr., a native of Tupelo, Mississippi, was designated chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority Board of Directors by President George W. Bush on July 19, 2001. Chairman McCullough began serving on the TVA Board in November 1999 following his appointment by then-President Clinton. McCullough is leading TVA into the 21st century with a focus on achieving corporate excellence in the generation and transmission of electric power, stewardship of the Tennessee River system and the environment, and regional economic development. A sixth-generation Mississippian, McCullough was educated in the Tupelo public school system and graduated from Tupelo High School in 1973. He earned a degree in agricultural economics from Mississippi State University in 1977. While there, he served as an Elder Statesman and varsity cheerleader.

McCullough has a long history of interest in economic development, stemming from his eight years of public service and 14 years in private business. In 1992 he was appointed director of the Mississippi office of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) by Governor Kirk Fordice. During his tenure at ARC, McCullough worked with members of Congress, local elected officials, economic development professionals, and civic leaders to enhance the commitment to technical skills training, physical infrastructure improvements, and industrial-park development. This, in turn, served to attract a significant amount of private capital investment, creating new job opportunities for Mississippians.

In June 1997 McCullough was elected Tupelo's 23rd mayor, with 61 percent of the vote. His goal was a safer, stronger Tupelo. His administration established three citizen-based task forces aimed at improving the community's safety, streets, and drainage. It also implemented a community-oriented policing effort to ensure citizen safety, and redeveloped a historic downtown neighborhood. As a result of these efforts, Tupelo received the Innovations in Municipal Government award from the John C. Stennis Institute of Government. Under McCullough's leadership, Tupelo also made history by earning the 1999 All-America City award from the National Civic League. McCullough is a member of the national Electricity Advisory Board of the Department of Energy and is a director of the Electric Power Research Institute, the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations, and the Nuclear Energy Institute. He is a member of the boards of the Mississippi Partnership for Economic Development and the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama. Actively engaged in leadership development, he is a 1985 Leadership Lee County graduate and is a member of the Leadership Memphis Class of 2001. He has served on the governing boards of the Community Development Foundation, the Commission on the Future of Northeast Mississippi, and United Way, and is a member of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization.

McCullough is married to the former Laura White of Tupelo. They have two sons, Vance and Glenn Thomas.