MBA alumnus to lead New River Light and Power

Matthew Makdad, P.E., has been named general manager of Appalachian State University’s New River Light and Power (NRLP).

Makdad is an alumnus of App State's Walker College of Business, having earned his Master of Business Administration as well as a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Pennsylvania State University. He is also a registered North Carolina Professional Engineer — the highest standard of engineering competence.

In his new role, Makdad is responsible for:

  • Overseeing the operations of NRLP.
  • Ensuring safe and reliable electricity is provided to the nearly 9,000 commercial and residential customers within the public power utility’s territory in and around Boone, including the App State Boone campus.
  • Leading a motivated team of highly skilled lineworkers, technicians and support staff.

“Matt has done an excellent job leading the engineering and technical side of NRLP for many years,” said Nick Katers, App State associate vice chancellor of facilities management. “We are excited to see him now become the general manager. Good things are in store for NRLP, App State and NRLP customers.”

Prior to joining App State in 2017, Makdad served in various engineering leadership roles as an Air Force Civilian at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base for 21 years.

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Published: Feb 15, 2024 5:34pm