Schlatter earns Board Leadership certificate

Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative Board Member Tom Schlatter recently received the Board Leadership certificate from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA).

Schlatter was recognized at NRECA’s Region 8 & 10 meeting for his commitment to education and attainment of the Board Leadership certificate in front of more than 1,000 electric cooperative officials from Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Today’s electric utility environment imposes new demands on electric cooperative directors, particularly increased knowledge of changes in the electric utility business, new governance skills and a working knowledge of the cooperative principles. Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative has a commitment to work through NRECA and the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives to sharpen this body of knowledge for the benefit of their electric cooperative member/owners.

The NRECA Credentialed Cooperative Director (CCD) program requires attendance and demonstrated understanding of the basic competencies contained in five core courses:

  • Director Duties and Liabilities

  • Understanding the Electric Business

  • Board Roles and Relationships

  • Strategic Planning

  • Financial Decision Making

The NRECA Board Leadership certificate, which Schlatter recently earned, recognizes individuals who continue their professional development after becoming a CCD. Directors who have attained the Board Leadership certificate have completed 10 credits in advanced,issues-oriented courses.

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is the national service organization that represents the nation’s more than 900 private, not-for-profit,consumer-owned electric cooperatives, which provide service to 42 million  people in 47 states.