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Darden joins GUC board


Kelly Darden Jr.


By Ginger Livingston
The Daily Reflector

Saturday, October 20, 2018

A pioneer in outdoor entertainment has joined GUC’s Board of Commissioners.

Kelly L. Darden Jr. was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Toya Jacobs. His first meeting was Thursday.

Darden was one of the first African-Americans to launch and host a nationally-televised outdoor show, Outdoor Moments, which aired on the Outdoor Channel.

"Being a Greenville Utilities commissioner is something I wanted to do because of the impact GUC has on the community," Darden said.

"Every single person in the city uses and relies on the utilities GUC provides,” he said. “Not everybody knows about what is going on and why things are done a certain way.

“I really want to be able to be a voice for those people who might have concerns and questions, but don't feel they have a voice,” Darden said. GUC commissioners serve three-year terms, Darden’s partial term ends June 30, 2020.

Darden is a mental health counselor for Visions in View Mental Health.

Darden has been involved with environmental concerns for many years, having served on the board of directors for the North Carolina Wildlife Federation and the Resource Institute.

He was also appointed by Gov. Beverly Perdue as a commissioner on the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission.

Born and raised in Greenville, Darden is a graduate of Johnson C. Smith University and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he received degrees for business administration and language arts/communication skills.