John Lee, Vice Chairman

A picture of John Lee

John C. Lee, Jr. is President and CEO of Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative and EMPOWER Broadband, Inc. and has managed the Southside Virginia electric distribution cooperative since January of 2008.  He is a graduate of Mississippi State University with a BS degree in Business.   John began his cooperative career in 1992 as Old Dominion Electric Cooperative’s (ODEC) Community Relations Specialist for the Clover Power Station in Halifax County.  During his 16-year stint at ODEC, he served as Director of Economic Development, Manager of Administration, and lastly, Vice President of Member and External Relations.  

His work experience prior to joining the cooperative family included a seven-year run as the Managing Editor of The News-Progress, a weekly newspaper serving Mecklenburg County.

Lee currently serves on the ODEC Board of Directors where he is an officer (Vice Chairman), chairs the Strategic Planning Committee, and serves on the Executive, Power Supply, and Human Resources Committees. Lee is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives (VMDAEC) where he chairs the Finance and Gaff-n-Go Lineman’s Rodeo Committees also serves on committees for Safety and Training Services, and Human Resources.  

He is vice chair of the VMDAEC CEO Advisory Committee and is a director and officer (Secretary-Treasurer) of the Board of Directors for Regional Headquarters, Inc., an organization that manages the property holdings of ODEC and the VMDAEC. He is an officer (President) and chairman of the Nominating Committee on the Board of Directors of the National Cooperative Services Corporation (NCSC), a member-owned multi-billion dollar finance cooperative based in Northern Virginia that provides electric cooperatives with specialized financial services. He also chairs both the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) Region 1 Nominating and Resolutions Committees.

Lee is chairman of the VCU-Health Community Memorial Healthcenter Board of Directors, and also serves on the Finance and Governance Committees. 

He was appointed by Governor Northam to serve on the Southside Virginia Higher Education Center Board of Directors and serves on the Programs and Partnerships Committee. He is also a member of the Southern Virginia Higher Education Foundation Board of Directors where he is Vice Chairman and serves on its Executive Committee, Relationship Strategies, and Finance Strategies Groups. He is a co-founder of the SVCC Power Line Worker Training School at Ft. Pickett and continues to serve on that school’s Advisory Board. 

Lee and his wife Terri reside in Clarksville.