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Director Kenneth C. Hill

Dr. Kenneth C. Hill, a native of Morrison City (North Kingsport), Tennessee, was appointed to the Tennessee Regulatory Authority by Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey in 2009.

Since his appointment, Dr. Hill has served as Chairman of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority and is presently active with the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and the Southeastern Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (SEARUC). He is a member of the NARUC Committee on Water, the NARUC Committee on International Relations, and the NARUC Sub-Committee on Clean Coal and Carbon Sequestration.

At present, he is also a member of the International Confederation of Energy Regulators (ICER), a member of the ICER Working Group for Small Energy Consumers, and is serving as a Mentor in the ICER Women In Energy pilot Mentoring Program.

Dr. Hill has been a presenter at the NARUC and SEARUC Annual Meetings. He also has been a presenter and participant at the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) Water Summit, the NAWC Commissioners' Forum, and the Emerging Issues Policy Forum (EIPF) (Energy) multiple times. He also has been a panelist at the NAWC Southeastern Chapter Conference as well as at United States' Department of Energy Industrial Energy Efficiency Conference in Little Rock.

During his tenure with the TRA, he has also served as a member of the Tennessee State Information Systems Council, member of the Board of the Organization of PJM States, Inc. (OPSI), member of the Eastern Interconnection States Planning Council (EISPC), delegate to the 5th World Forum on Energy Regulation (WFERV), and a Tennessee Team Member of the National Governors' Association Policy Academy on Enhancing Industry through Energy Efficiency and Combined Heat and Power.

Dr. Hill has been active in communications and broadcasting all of his adult life, having been involved for over four decades in virtually every aspect of radio. For the past thirty-three years, Dr. Hill has been President and CEO of non-profit Appalachian Educational Communication Corporation (AECC) in Bristol, Tennessee. AECC is the licensee of WHCB 91.5 FM. Dr. Hill has also provided consulting services for over three decades in the areas of technical writing and editing, public relations, proposal writing and editing, independent R&D documentation, government relations, corporate and business communication, media acquisition, media appraisal and media utilization.

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Speech (Broadcasting) and History from East Tennessee State University; a Master of Science Degree in Speech (Broadcasting) from Indiana State University; a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies from Baptist Christian College; a Master of Religious Education from Manahath School of Theology; and a Doctor of Religious Education from Andersonville Baptist Seminary.

Dr. Hill and his wife, Janet, reside in Blountville, Tennessee. They have one daughter, Lydia, who serves as a nurse, and two sons: Matthew, who serves as 7th District Tennessee State Representative, and Timothy, who serves as 3rd District Tennessee State Representative.

Executive Administrative Assistant: Ashlee Hatfield

Contact Director Hill via e-mail at

Revised 01/27/2014