2010-01-27 / Front Page

Andrew receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Jim Andrew displays the Lifetime Achievement Award he received at the Bonbright Energy Conference. Shown with him are his wife Mary and daughter Bess. (Photo contributed) Jim Andrew displays the Lifetime Achievement Award he received at the Bonbright Energy Conference. Shown with him are his wife Mary and daughter Bess. (Photo contributed) Former Rural Utilities Service Administrator and Jefferson Energy Cooperative board member James M. “Jim” Andrew was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Bonbright Energy Conference held Oct. 8-9, 2009 in Atlanta.

The prestigious award is presented to individuals whose contributions have made a significant impact on the energy industry, according to Christina Allen-Wise of the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business. The conference was hosted by the James C. Bonbright Utilities Center at the University of Georgia.

“Jim’s work on behalf of the electric utility industry and his commitment to build a better rural America has spanned more than four decades,” noted Allen- Wise. “He’ll join an elite group of previous honorees whose dedication has enriched the industry and helped bring essential services to millions of Americans.”

In 2005, Andrew was nominated by President George W. Bush to serve as Administrator of the Rural Utilities Service, a U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development agency. He was confirmed unanimously by the Senate and served as the sixteenth Administrator from Nov. 18, 2005 to Jan. 20, 2009.

In that role, Andrew focused on building and improving rural infrastructure to deliver vital services such as electricity, water and waste and telecommunications (including broadband)

to rural areas. Long before his service in Washington, Andrew began a long association with the electric utility industry in the 1960s as a member of Jefferson Energy Cooperative in Wrens and later served as vice president and chairman of their board of directors.

In addition, his contributions have been significant at the statewide level as well via top posts at Georgia Electric Membership Corporation (EMC), the trade association representing the 42 electric cooperatives in Georgia, Oglethorpe Power Corporation, Georgia Transmission Corporation and Georgia System Operations Corporation.

He has a further distinction among his peers: he is one of only three Georgians elected president of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association board of directors. As president, Andrew was instrumental in launching the Touchstone Energy national branding and marketing campaign.

Andrew’s other accolades include receiving a 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award from Georgia EMC and the 2004 Distinguished Cooperator by the Georgia Cooperative Council.

The Bonbright Utilities Center was established in 1992 at UGA’s Terry College of Business to further understanding of regulatory, accounting, economic, finance and management

policy. The Bonbright Conference is a key initiative designed to encourage an open exchange of viewpoints and perspectives around regulatory and business issues.

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