HUGHESVILLE, Md. (March 01, 2010)—The Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) Board of Directors has selected Scott White to complete the term of director Francis E. Hewitt, who resigned on December 15, 2009.
Hewitt's term expires September 1, 2010. He represented St. Mary's County on SMECO's Board since 1978. Hewitt followed in his father's footsteps to serve SMECO and the citizens of St. Mary's County through his participation in many civic organizations, such as the St. Mary's County Planning Commission, the St. Mary's Nursing Home Board, the Maryland National Bank Advisory Board, and in the Maryland National Guard. Upon joining SMECO's Board more than 30 years ago, Hewitt said, "I consider myself to be very fortunate to be a member of such an esteemed board, and I will do everything possible to help SMECO to continue to grow bigger and better in service to our counties." During his tenure, SMECO's customer base has increased from 54,000 to 147,000.
White has been a St. Mary's County resident since 1992, when he was selected to attend the Navy Test Pilot School. He has served the U.S. Navy in various positions for over 30 years. White retired with 20 years of active duty service and has continued to serve as a Systems Engineer at the Naval Air Systems Command.
Throughout his career as a Naval Flight Officer, Aerospace Engineer, and Acquisition Professional, White has had experience with managing multi-million dollar projects, planning and executing military operations, and implementing technology-based systems to improve workflow.
As a participant in community organizations, White has coached youth baseball, basketball, and soccer. He now serves as the Second Vice President of the Board of Directors at the Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training in Baltimore; the organization is dedicated to retraining homeless veterans and returning them to their communities as productive citizens. He also serves as Chairman of the Recruitment Committee on the Leadership Maryland Board of Directors.
White holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the Virginia Military Institute and a Master of Science degree in Systems Management from the Naval Postgraduate School. He recently completed the PJM 101 course, an introductory class on PJM basic functions, generation dispatch, transmission control, and energy markets.
White has been married for 23 years to Elizabeth White, a guidance counselor working with at-risk students in St. Mary's County Public Schools. They have two children who attend Leonardtown High School and Esperanza Middle School.
A committee of directors from St. Mary's County selected White from a pool of six applicants for the position in accordance with Cooperative Bylaws and Board Policy 1-7.1. He was sworn in at SMECO's Board meeting on February 23, 2010.