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Terry Boston

Terry Boston Past President and CEO of PJM

After serving as president and CEO of PJM since 2008, Mr. Boston retired January 1, 2016. Among his many other public service roles, he is now volunteering as an advisor for the EIS Council.

Mr. Boston is past president of the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies and past president of GO 15, association of the world’s largest power grid operators. He served as a U.S. VP of CIGRE, International Council of Large Electric Systems and received the CIGRE 2016 Attwood Award. 

Mr. Boston was the first chair of the North American Transmission Forum, dedicated to excellence in performance and sharing industry best practices. He also was one of the eight industry experts selected to direct the North American Electric Reliability Corporation investigation of the August 2003 Northeast/Midwest blackout. 

In 2014 Mr. Boston was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest professional honors accorded an engineer.  Mr. Boston was honored with the 2011 “Leadership in Power” award from the IEEE Power and Energy Society. He led PJM to win Platts Global Energy  Awards in Industry Leadership 2010, Excellence in Electricity in 2012 and in December 2015 he was unanimously selected the winner of the Global Energy Life Time Achievement Award. 

Prior to joining PJM, Mr. Boston was the executive vice president, Power System Operations, of the Tennessee Valley Authority, the nation’s largest public power provider. In his 35 years at TVA, Mr. Boston directed divisions in transmission and power operations, pricing, contracts and electric system reliability. 

He is chair of the Electric Infrastructure Security Council EPRO executive committee and a 2017 presidential appointee to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council. He served on the board of Electric Power Research Institute, is currently on the Boards of GridLiance GP LLC, Grid Protection Alliance and the National Academy's Board on Energy and Environmental Systems.  He chaired the DHS/DOE Electric Subsector Coordination Council’s R&D committee and previously served on the NERC Stakeholders Board and was elected to the NERC Members Representative Committee and served three years as chairman of the Southeastern Electric Reliability Council Board.

Mr. Boston holds a BS in engineering, Tennessee Technological University and a MS in engineering.