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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release May 7, 1993


(Washington, DC) President Clinton annoucned his intention today to nominate two Tennesseans, Johnny Hayes and Craven Crowell, to serve as Members of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority. Following his confirmation, Crowell will be designated by the President as Chairman of the Board.

"The Tennessee Valley Authority is one of the great success stories of the 20th Century," said the President. "It transformed the life of an entire region, and still has tremendous impact today. Through their years of service to their state and their nation, Johnny Hayes and Craven Crowell have proven themselves capable of excersing stewardship over this important institution."

Hayes is currently the State of Tennessee's Commissioner for Economic and Community Development. Before entering public life, he was President of Newman, Hayes & Dixon, an independent insuance agency that he had helped to found. In addition, Hayes was appointed to the Democratic National Committee in 1985, and has been active in the House, Senate, and Presidential campaigns of Vice President Gore. A lifelong resident of Sideview, TN, he is a graduate of Tennessee Technological University at Cookeville. He and his wife, Mary Howard, have a son and two daughters. Hayes is 52 years old.

Craven Crowell has served since 1989 as Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator James Sasser of Tennessee. He previosly served from 1987-89 as Vice President of the Tennessee Valley Authority, and as the T.V.A.'s Director of Information from 1980-87. He was previously Sasser's Press Secretary, and spent 13 years as City Editor of the Nashville Tennessean. Crowell, 49, is a graduate of Nashville's David Liscomb University and a veteran of the Marine Corps Reserve and Naval Reserve.

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