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Mr. Bayless is a retired Utility Executive and a lecturer on Energy Policy, Climate Change and Ocean Acidification. Until June 30, 2008 Mr. Bayless was President and Provost of the West Virginia University Institute of Technology.

Mr. Bayless has been Chairman, President, and CEO of Tucson Electric Power (UniSource Energy) and Illinois Power (Illinova Corp.) From 1981 to 1989 Mr. Bayless was SVP and CFO of PS New Hampshire. Before that, he was employed by Consumers Power Company as an Attorney, then Director of Nuclear Fuel Supply and finally Director of Special Corporate Projects..

Mr. Bayless received his BSEE from WV Institute of Technology, his MSEE, in power engineering and his law Degree, from West Virginia University and his MBA from the University of Michigan.

Mr. Bayless is a Board Member of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, the Climate Institute (Co-Chair), the West Virginia American Water Company, Aquilon Energy Services, a Consultant with Insigniam and a member of the judging panel for the Platts Global Energy Awards.

He is a past board member of Pike Electric (Chair of Audit), the Ontario Power Authority, Recycled Energy Development , e3Greentech,Independent Wireless One (Chairman), Essential Power (chairman), Patina Oil and Gas (Chairman, Audit), Dynegy ( Chairman Audit and Governance and Nominating), Trigen Energy Inc., Thermon, Primary Energy Inc, EPRI and EEI.

In 1993, Financial World awarded Mr. Bayless its CEO of the Year Bronze Medal. Also in 1993, the Wall Street Transcript named Mr. Bayless the winner of its CEO of the Year Bronze Medal. In 1995, Financial World awarded Mr. Bayless its CEO of the Year Silver Medal.