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Trump taps ex-WV higher ed chancellor for US utility board

Trump taps ex-Tennessee House speaker for US utility board

FILE — In this Jan. 23, 2018, file photo, Republican Beth Harwell addresses the audience during the Gubernatorial Forum on Education at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. President Donald Trump has nominated Harwell to serve on the board of directors of the nation’s largest public utility. In a news release Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander praised the nomination of Beth Harwell to the Tennessee Valley Authority board. (George Walker IV/The Tennessean via AP, Pool, File)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — President Donald Trump has nominated a former leader of West Virginia’s higher education system to serve on the board of directors of the nation’s largest public utility.

In a news release Tuesday, Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander praised the nomination of Brian Noland to the Tennessee Valley Authority board.

Noland was chancellor of West Virginia’s higher education system for six years, until leaving in 2012 to become president of East Tennessee State University.

Alexander also praised the nomination of longtime Republican lawmaker Beth Harwell to the TVA board.

Harwell, of Nashville, was elected speaker of Tennessee’s House in 2011. She left the role and the Legislature in her unsuccessful 2018 bid for governor. She is also a visiting professor of political science at Middle Tennessee State University.

The Tennessee Valley Authority serves almost 10 million people in parts of seven southeastern states.

Nominations to the utility’s board are subject to U.S. Senate approval.

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