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Cecil Viverette


Cecil Viverette was the President and CEO of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative from 1988-2004. He joined the Virginia Electric Cooperative in 1965 and held various positions in customer services, electric operations and administration. In 1980 he led a team that merged Virginia Electric with another utility to form Rappanannock. During his tenure, the company experienced unprecedented growth and became one of the largest consumer owned electric cooperatives in the country. Rappahannock was among the first utilities in the U.S. to integrate all of its information, data acquisition and electrical control systems.

While he served as Rappahannock’s CEO, Mr. Viverette was also a member of the Board of Directors of Old Dominion Electric Cooperative and was the Chair from 1988-2001. He also served numerous organizations, including: Chair of the Caroline County Economic Development.

Corporation; Vice Chair of the Fredericksburg Regional Alliance; President of Regional Headquarters, Inc; Board of Directors of the Virginia – Maryland – Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives; Virginia Agribusiness Council; and Better Business Bureau of Central Virginia.

An avid community volunteer, Mr. Viverette has served as assistant chief and president of a local volunteer fire brigade, and has served on local emergency services councils, local March of Dimes, United Way and volunteered at a homeless shelter, among other activities. Currently residing on Hilton Head Island, SC, Mr. Viverette graduated from North Carolina State University in 1964 He served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1963-1970. After moving to South Carolina he was appointed by the governor in 2007 to the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Public Service Authority (Santee Cooper). He served as chairman of the Authority’s audit committee until his term ended in 2014.