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Why extend the term of the TVARS 7th director?

I share Dennis’ concerns below. If anyone can think of another reason why TVA would want to extend the term of the 7th TVARS director with the particular rule change described below, please let me know.
From: Dennis To []
Sent: Monday, April 16, 2018 2:12 AM
To: Dennis To
Subject: Why the need for interim 7th director?
At the tvars Board mtng on Oct 30, 2017, Wilson Taylor (TVA-appointed director) made a motion which was then approved by 4-to-2 majority vote.  This motion allowed Allen Stokes to stay on (for one year) as interim director until the 7th director is selected by the tvars board.  Did Wilson make such a motion in the best interest of retirees?  Of course, not. That motion was clearly intended to serve some purpose of TVA.  The big question is, what is it for?
There is a very serious implication behind this move.  For the entire history of tvars existence, I believe this is the first time ever that somehow there is a sudden need for an interim 7th dire…
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