Barry R. Springer – District 6

Position: Vice President

(Board Member since January 2009; re-election year is 2021)

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:
11450 Meridian Road
Falcon, CO 80831

Phone: 719-495-9482

Email: bspringer@mvea.coop

Background:

Barry Springer has been an MVEA member since 1988 when he was assigned to serve as the first operational commander of the GPS Master Control Station at Schriever AFB. He subsequently served as Vice Commander of the Space Wing and Director of Training and Evaluation for Air Force Space Command. He has also served as a Space Operations Director in the National Reconnaissance Office and congressional liaison in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He retired as a Colonel.

Springer has earned Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering and a Professional Engineer license. He holds four U.S. patents for advanced electronic systems. He and his wife, Shyrl, have a daughter and a son, four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. The Springers currently enjoy retirement on a ranch in Black Forest.

Membership/Community Service:

Springer has served as an El Paso County Election Judge and is a volunteer with the Black Forest slash-mulch operation. He also serves on a Colorado legislative task force, where he led development of successful legislation that strengthened protection for our electric grid.

Board Experience:

Springer is Vice President of MVEA Board of Directors and has earned Credentialed Cooperative Director, Board Leadership and Director Gold certifications. He previously served as Director and Treasurer for Falcon Fire Protection District and as Board Chair of Lockheed Martin mountain region Program Manager Certification board.

Statement of Position:

“I have encouraged development of a strategic planning process that will help us identify opportunities to improve services and mitigate risks to our electric grid. I will continue to advocate for rates and policies that will improve member choices and broaden services, while protecting member safety and privacy. My goal is to ensure that MVEA members have access to safe, reliable and affordable electric power, consistent with responsible environmental stewardship.”

Barry Springer Earns NRECA Director Gold Credentials

2016 – Barry Springer, Mountain View Electric Association board vice president, has been awarded the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) top Director Gold credential. Mr. Springer is amongst the first group of recipients in the nation to receive this distinction.

According to the NRECA, the Director Gold credential is geared towards directors who are committed to continuing their education beyond the Credentialed Cooperative Director Certificate and the Board Leadership Certificate, and who desire a tangible credential that reinforces their stature as part of an elite group of experienced and educated directors.

The credential will also demonstrate to co-op members and other stakeholders, those directors’ ongoing commitment to advancing their knowledge and performing their fiduciary duty to the best of their ability.