Basin Electric member director named NRECA board president

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Chris Christensen, a director of NorVal Electric Cooperative in Glasgow, Montana, has been elected to a two-year term as president of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) board of directors. NorVal Electric is a Class C member of Basin Electric.

Curtis Wynn, NRECA's outgoing board president and CEO of Roanoke Electric Cooperative in North Carolina, passed the gavel to Christensen during NRECA's virtual annual meeting on March 4.

Christensen is NRECA's immediate past vice president and previously served as secretary-treasurer. Tony Anderson, general manager of Cherryland Electric Cooperative in Michigan, was elected vice president, and Joe Martin, board president at Mountain View Electric Association in Colorado, secretary-treasurer. Mountain View is also a Class C member of Basin Electric.

In his address to the NRECA membership, Christensen said the pandemic has prompted co-ops to find new ways of doing business and communicating with members and policymakers. “During my term as president, you’ll hear me talk about how co-ops can do just that, by leveraging education, technology, and engagement to manage this rate of change,” he said.

Christensen is the first Montanan elected as an officer of the NRECA board of directors. He is a Credentialed Cooperative Director and is NRECA Board Leadership Certified. Christensen manages his family’s cattle ranch with his wife, Carol, and four children.

He is a former Agricultural Education instructor, Future Farmers of America advisor, member of the Agricultural Education Advisory Committee for Montana State University, and past director of numerous other school, association, and professional boards.

Two other directors from Basin Electric’s membership have served as NRECA presidents in the past: Bob McClurg of Riverton Valley Electric Association (now part of High Plains Power in Riverton, Wyoming), and F.E. “Wally” Wolski of Wyrulec Company in Torrington, Wyoming.

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