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President and CEO of Greeneville Energy Authority Unexpectedly Passes Away

Chuck Bowlin, President and CEO of Tennessee public power utility Greeneville Energy Authority, recently passed away unexpectedly.

Bowlin, who passed away at the age of 56, had served in the role of President and CEO since July 2020.

“It is with heavy hearts that we inform our customers and the public that our President and CEO Chuck Bowlin unexpectedly passed from this life yesterday while on vacation in St. Croix with his wife and close friends,” GEA said in a statement released on April 5. “We extend our condolences, thoughts, and prayers to Chuck’s wife, family, and friends for their great loss,” the utility said.

Until the GEA Board of Directors “meets to address this tragedy our leadership team will report to Sarah Webster, Chair, and Tim Teague, Vice Chair.”

“I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Chuck,” said Scott Corwin, President and CEO of the American Public Power Association.

“Chuck was a great example of how one person can make a huge impact in their community. Not only did he exhibit community leadership in his role at GEA, but he also served his community in many other ways including his role as President of the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Club of Greeneville and Greene County,” Corwin said.

“APPA and the broader public power community wish to express our deepest condolences to Chuck’s family,” said Corwin.

"I am shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Chuck Bowlin,” said Greeneville, Tenn., Mayor Cal Doty. “Leaders like Chuck are few and far between in our community and this will be a great loss to Greeneville and Greene County,” he said.

“Chuck’s involvement in the GEA movement into broadband, renewable energy and economic development will be sorely missed. On behalf of the Town of Greeneville I ask that you keep Chuck and his family in your thoughts and prayers,” said Doty.