Phil Carson elected new NRECA President

Phil Carson, Tri-County Electric Cooperative ­director, will serve a two-year term as board president of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). NRECA is the national service organization that ­represents the nation’s more than 900 not-for-profit, ­consumer-owned electric cooperatives, which provide ­service to 42 million people in 47 states.

“It’s a tremendous honor to have the opportunity to serve as NRECA president,” Carson said. “We’re ­fortunate to have a wealth of ­knowledge and experience around the NRECA board table. That team is what sets us apart, and I will ­continue looking to my fellow ­directors for their input over the next two years. The electric ­cooperative future is full of opportunity. I’m excited to see where that future takes us as we ­continue advocating for the ­consumers we serve and working to empower our local communities.”

Carson was elected NRECA president by the ­association’s board of directors. He is the immediate past vice president and served as secretary-treasurer prior to that. He has been an NRECA board director since 2006. Carson has served as director of Tri-County Electric in Mount Vernon since 1999 and sits on a number of boards, including the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives in Springfield and Egyptian Telephone Cooperative in Steeleville.

Carson holds a B.A. in Agriculture from Southern Illinois University (Carbondale) and an M.A. in Biblical Studies from Convent Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Mo. Carson, a native of Illinois, is a dairy farmer and ­pastor.