Governor Rendell Nominates John F. Coleman to Public Utility Commission

Jun 02, 2010, 16:54 ET from Pennsylvania Office of the Governor

HARRISBURG, Pa., June 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Edward G. Rendell today nominated John F. Coleman Jr., of Port Matilda, Centre County, to serve on the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, or PUC.

Since 1999, Coleman has served as president and CEO of the Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County, based in State College. In this role, Coleman has led various multi-million dollar capital projects, including the construction of business incubator facilities, business and industrial parks, community infrastructure and related projects.

From 1986 to 1999, Coleman was executive director of the Jefferson County Department of Development. He is a member of a number of economic development-related professional organizations and holds a degree in business management from Saint Francis University in Loretto.

Upon confirmation by the Pennsylvania Senate, Coleman would serve the unexpired term of former PUC member Kim Pizzingrilli, who resigned in February. That term expires April 1, 2012.

The PUC balances the needs of consumers and utilities to ensure safe and reliable utility service at reasonable rates; protect the public interest; educate consumers to make independent and informed utility choices; further economic development; and foster new technologies and competitive markets in an environmentally sound manner.

The PUC is comprised of five, full-time members who serve staggered, five-year terms. Commissioners set policy on matters affecting utility rates and services, as well as on personnel, budget, fiscal and administrative matters. More information is available at

Media contact: Gary Tuma, 717-783-1116

SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Governor