Obama nominates former TN commissioner, Memphis TV station manager to TVA board

President Barack Obama has nominated two Tennesseans to serve on the Tennessee Valley Authority’s board of directors, reports Michael Collins.

Virginia Lodge, who served as commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Human Services from 2003 to 2011, and Ronald Walter, the president and general manager of Memphis television station WREG, were given the nod Thursday to serve on the utility’s nine-member board.

Their nominations must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Lodge is the chief-executive officer of FSI Inc. in Nashville, which provides production and distribution services for businesses. She also worked on former Gov. Phil Bredesen’s gubernatorial campaign and transition team and served as national director of GoreCorps for Al Gore’s presidential campaign in 2000.

…Walter has served as president and general manager of WREG since 2004 and has held a number of other positions at the station.

Before coming to the station, he was vice president of customer relations for the Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division from 1982 to 1987. From 1980 to 1982, he served as assistant to the utility’s president.