Terry Huval, the head of the Lafayette Utility System, is being honored by the American Public Power Association today. As the Advertiser (in a “People in Business” brief not carried online) notes he’s getting the James D. Donovan award which “recognizes those who have made great contributions to the electric utility industry and public power.” The award is named after the first president of the APPA.
Even more significantly, Huval will be installed as of the Chair of the APPA Board tomorrow. Being lauded for your past contributions is one sort of honor. Being put in charge of things by your peers is an honor of an entirely different order.
Congrats to Terry and to LUS….
(And I’m looking forward to Huval being the first president of American Public Communications Association in 2014…and having an award named after him in 2024. 🙂 )
Update: The Advertiser has a brief story online (not the one alluded to above) noting this award. There is a nice tidbit from the award citation included in the story:
Huval was recognized for guiding LUS “to the forefront of innovation and change in the electric utility industry.” The successful legal battle that enabled LUS’ proposed Fiber-to-the-Home initiative has earned national attention, and Huval’s leadership on the issue and creative inspiration has led to a groundswell of local and national support and called attention to the importance of public power’s ability and right to offer advanced telecommunications services, the association said.