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Cumberlands Alumnus Robert "Mike" Duncan Sworn in as TVA Board Member


INEZ, Ky. – Inez banker Robert M. “Mike” Duncan was sworn in as a director of the Tennessee Valley Authority on Friday, March 31, in a ceremony in Knoxville, Tenn. Duncan joined five other new board members who were administered the oath of office by U.S. District Judge Tom Varlan. President Bush nominated Duncan to the TVA Board who was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate last month.

Duncan is a graduate of University of the Cumberlands (formerly Cumberland College) and the University of Kentucky College of Law and completed the owner-management program at Harvard Business School. He is active in many community organizations, including the Christian Appalachian Project and Alice Lloyd College. Duncan is a former Chairman of the Kentucky Bankers Association, Morehead State University, Governor’s Scholars Program and the Center for Rural Development. President Bush appointed him as a Commissioner of the White House Fellows Program in 2001.

Duncan is serving his fourth term as Republican National Committeeman from Kentucky and serves as General Counsel for the Republican National Committee. He was previously elected Treasurer and Vice Chairman of the RNC.

The TVA is the nation’s largest public power provider and is completely self-financing. TVA provides power to large industries and 158 power distributors that serve approximately 8.6 million consumers in seven southeastern states.

Duncan and his wife Joanne reside in Inez, Kentucky, and are the principal owners of two banks with five offices in eastern Kentucky. Their son Rob, an assistant United States Attorney and daughter-in-law Valerie live in Lexington, Kentucky.