(May 2022) Following a nationwide search in partnership with CarterBaldwin, BARC Electric Cooperative’s board of directors has named William (Bill) Buchanan Chief Executive Officer of the Virginia-based cooperative.
Partner Chris Guiney and Consultant Chad Embry led the search for CarterBaldwin.
Bill joins BARC from Northwestern REC where he was President and CEO. He brings more than 30 years of telecom, broadband, and cooperative leadership experience to the role, with a focus on strategic and financial planning and operations. He has served as president and board member of both the Illinois and Colorado rural telecommunications associations as well as the Western Telecommunications Alliance, serving on the transition committee during the merger of two regional associations.
Bill earned his MBA from Quantic School of Business and Technology and his Bachelor of General Studies from Western Illinois University. He also completed certification training from the Graduate Institute for Cooperative Leadership at University of Missouri, and Stanford University’s professional certification in Energy Innovation and Emerging Technologies.
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BARC Electric Cooperative is a customer-owned electric cooperative serving 13,000 residents, farms, and businesses across five counties in Virginia. To continue to serve and meet the needs of its members, BARC constructed the first community solar garden in the Commonwealth and provides high-speed Internet and telephone service through BARC Connects, its wholly owned fiber-to-the-home subsidiary.