Tom D. Kilgore was the federal corporation’s first Chief Executive Officer. He was appointed by the Tennessee Valley Authority Board of Directors on October 13, 2006, at a meeting in Knoxville. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2005 (Title VI—Reform of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority) established the CEO position as part of the change in governance structure from a three-member board to the current nine-member board. He earned $4.029 million in federal fiscal year 2012 (for the period ending 09/30/12). He retired at the end of 2012 and was succeeded by Bill Johnson.
Kilgore led Oglethorpe Power Corporation in Georgia from 1984 until 1998, serving as CEO the last seven years. In 1997, three companies formed in the restructuring of Oglethorpe Power: Oglethorpe Power, Georgia Transmission and Georgia System Operations. Tom Kilgore served as President and CEO of all three companies.
As leader of the largest company in the world named for James Edward Oglethorpe, Kilgore served on a commission to celebrate the Oglethorpe Tercentenary, in 1996. Kilgore and his wife were members of the official Georgia Delegation to England.
Earlier in his career, Kilgore worked for Arkansas Power & Light (a subsidiary of Entergy), Carolina Power & Light, and for the U.S. Department of Defense at Pine Bluff Arsenal in Jefferson County, Arkansas.
Kilgore was elected to Nuclear Energy Institute’s Executive Committee, for a three-year term, July 6, 2005. At TVA, Kilgore has responsibility for three operating nuclear plants located in Tennessee and Alabama.
A native of Sand Mountain (DeKalb County), Alabama, Kilgore earned his mechanical engineering degree in 1970 from the University of Alabama. In 2008, in honor of his wife, Kilgore established the Myra Blevins Kilgore Endowed Scholarship in College of Engineering at the University of Alabama. The State of Alabama inducted Kilgore into its Engineering Hall of Fame, in 2002. He also earned the master's degree in industrial engineering from Texas A&M University.
Kilgore serves on the board of directors of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO), and on the executive committee of the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI). He has also been a member of the industry advisory board of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
He served in the U.S. Army from 1970 to 1972.
Kilgore and his wife, Myra, have a daughter, two sons, and five grandchildren.
- TVA Board Appoints Tom Kilgore as CEO, http://www.tva.gov/news/releases/octdec06/kilgore_ceo.htm
- FORM 10-K Annual Report, TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY, filed November 16, 2012, http://investor.shareholder.com/tva/sec.cfm
- "Twitter / TVA_Newsroom: Johnson will begin as CEO on". Twitter.com. 2013-01-01. Retrieved 2013-04-22.
- Progress Energy announces early-retirement program and streamlined organization structure, http://www.progress-energy.com/aboutus/news/article.asp?id=10863
- NY Times: A New President and Chief For Oglethorpe Power Corp, https://www.nytimes.com/1991/07/09/business/business-people-a-new-president-and-chief-for-oglethorpe-power-corp.html?sec=&spon=
- Georgia HR 567 - James Edward Oglethorpe Tercentenary Commission, http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/1997_98/leg/fulltext/hr567.htm
- Kilgore Establishes Endowed Scholarship at UA College of Engineering. UA News.
- TVA: Tom Kilgore