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Alumnus Jay Bartlett Ready to Lead Wabash Valley Power Association

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Alumnus Jay Bartlett

Jay Bartlett

A career in electricity generation and distribution has alumnus Jay Bartlett prepared for his next role, leading the Wabash Valley Power Association (WVPA) as chief executive officer. He succeeds retiring leader Rick Coons in October, becoming the company's fourth CEO since its founding in 1963.

WVPA is an energy generation and transmission cooperative providing wholesale electricity to 23 electric distribution cooperatives and their nearly 350,000 customers throughout northern Indiana, and parts of Illinois and Missouri.

Bartlett, a 1984 electrical engineering alumnus, had been president and chief executive officer of Prairie Power Inc., an energy cooperative in Springfield, Illinois, since 2009. Previously, he served as assistant general manager and chief utilities engineer of City Water, Light and Power in Springfield.

"Jay is an excellent choice to succeed Rick. His background in both electric cooperatives and municipal utilities provides well-rounded expertise for our organization," says WVPA Board Chairman Mike Yankauskas in a company press release.

Bartlett is looking forward to the new career adventure, stating, "[WVPA is] an outstanding member-focused organization and I'm looking forward to continuing that legacy."

Bartlett currently serves on the board of directors for Alliance for Cooperative Energy Services and the National Renewables Cooperative Organization.