Charles E. Bayless
Former CEO of Illinova Corporation
Mr. Bayless retired as Provost of the West Virginia University Institute of Technology in 2005, Prior to December 27, 1999 Mr. Bayless was Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Illinova Corporation, and its' wholly owned subsidiary, Illinois Power Company, an electric and natural gas utility with more than half a million customers and approximately 4,500 megawatts of electricity generating capacity.
Prior to joining Illinova Corporation in June 1998, Mr. Bayless was Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Tucson Electric Power Company (UniSource Energy), from 1981 to 1989 Mr. Bayless was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Public Service Company of New Hampshire. Before that, he was employed by Consumers Power Company in Jackson, Michigan, first as an attorney, then as the Director of Nuclear Fuel Supply, and finally as the Director of Special Corporate Projects. Prior to that Mr. Bayless had summer jobs in line construction and at power plants at Kentucky Power and Pennsylvania Power and Light.
Mr. Bayless received his BSEE from West Virginia Institute of Technology in 1968. In 1971, he earned his MSEE, in power engineering, and in 1972 his law Degree, both from West Virginia University. He earned his MBA in 1977 from the Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Michigan.
Mr. Bayless is a Board Member of and Chairman of North American Energy Alliance, an IPP. A Board Member and Chair of the Audit Committee as Pike Electric and a Board Member e3Greentech and the West Virginia American Water Company. He is past Chairman of the Board of Independent Wireless One, a past Board Member and Chairman of the Audit Committee at Patina Oil and Gas, a past Board Member of Dynegy, where, he has been Chairman of the Audit Committee and of the Governance and Nominating Committee and a past Board Member of Trigen Energy Inc., Ontario Power Authority and Recycled Energy Development. He is on the Board of Advisors at the Angeleno Group.