Biography of Craven Crowell
Craven Crowell has served in a number of leadership positions in the energy industry, including eight years as Chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). He was appointed to the three-member TVA Board of Directors by President Clinton, who designated him as Chairman following his confirmation by the U.S. Senate in 1993. Crowell retired from TVA in 2001 after 25 years of federal government service.
Following his government service, Crowell has specialized in energy and water resources consulting, most recently as a partner with Oliver Wyman, an international management consulting firm with offices in 16 countries.
In 2012, Crowell joined the board of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) as an unaffiliated director and Chairman. Prior to joining the ERCOT board, Crowell served as an independent director and Chairman of the Texas Reliability Entity (TexasRE).
Crowell is a former Chairman of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) of Palo Alto, California, and has served as a member of the EPRI Advisory Council and as a director of EPRI Worldwide. He also served on the Board and Executive Committee of the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), of Washington, DC. In addition, he has served on several boards in the TVA region, including Chairman of Partnership 2000 at the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.
In 2002, Governor Niu Maosheng appointed Crowell to the position of International
Economic Advisor to the People's Government of the Hebei Province, China.
Earlier, in 1997, Crowell became the first non-Chinese citizen to be named
honorary president of Hohai University in Nanjing, China.
Crowell's international work after his retirement from TVA was a continuation of his efforts in promoting TVA's international activities with global bond issues in Europe and Asia and business partnerships in China. In 1996, working with the State of Tennessee, TVA sponsored the Economic Opportunities through Water and Energy Conference in Beijing.
After Crowell signed three Memorandums of Understanding with the Chinese Ministries of Water Resources and Electric Power, TVA began sharing its expertise on several large projects in China relating to river management, hydroelectric dams, and upgrading of electric power systems. In 2001, Crowell keynoted a conference in Beijing on the South-to-North Water Diversion Project.
In speeches at Harvard University, Stanford University, the City Club of Cleveland, the Orange County World Affairs Council, and the Institute of Economic Affairs European Electricity Conference in Brussels, Crowell emerged as an industry expert on the importance of promoting public power's continuing role in a deregulated electric utility industry.
He also has lectured at the Hohai University and was a keynote speaker at the first International Yellow River forum in Zhengzhou, China.
Crowell had more than 17 years of experience with the TVA, having served previously as a vice president and member of the senior management team. Prior to becoming Chairman of TVA, he was Chief of Staff to U. S. Senator Jim Sasser, who was Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee and who later served as Ambassador to the People's Republic of China.
Early in his career, Crowell was an award-winning reporter and city editor at the Nashville Tennessean. Among those on his staff was reporter Al Gore, the future Vice President of the United States and Nobel Prize winner. Crowell won the National Headliner Award for investigative reporting in 1969.
He is a native of Nashville, Tennessee, and received his bachelor's degree from Lipscomb University. He was named Alumnus of the Year in 1995. Crowell served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a commissioned officer in the Naval Reserve. Crowell and his wife, Freddie, have one daughter.
Craven Crowell can be contacted by telephone (865-671-3398); by fax (865-671-3399); or by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
1. The Associated Press, December 15, 2000
3. Inside TVA, April 10, 2001 issue
5. Metro Pulse, March 29, 2001 issue
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