Breaux Bridge native and UL graduate, Terry Huval has served as Director of Lafayette Utilities System (LUS) since 1994. A municipally-owned utility, LUS provides electric, water, wastewater and telecommunications services to more than 63,000 customers.
Under Huval's leadership, LUS has been at the forefront of innovation and change in the utilities industry. In 1998, Huval was instrumental in convincing city leaders to build a fiber ring around the city, making Lafayette one of the first cities in the nation to offer high-speed broadband technology to businesses and schools. Today, LUS Fiber (the telecommunications division of LUS) brings that same technology directly to the home, offering high-speed television, internet, and digital phone services.
In 2009, LUS entered into an agreement with two of South Louisiana's largest power providers, Entergy and Cleco, to provide $180 million in necessary transmission upgrades to the power grid serving the Acadiana area, known as the Acadiana Load Pocket. This year, LUS completed the replacement of all analog meters with advanced digital meters that save on operating costs and ensure a more reliable utilities system.
During his time as LUS Director, Huval has been actively involved in the community, as well as the public power industry. He served as the 2007-2008 Board Chair of the American Public Power Association (APPA) and has served on the Louisiana Broadband Advisory Council. Locally, Huval served as Chair for United Way of Acadiana and has been active in the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce. Huval, who has helped promote Cajun culture and the public school system's French immersion program, was inducted into the Cajun French Music Association Hall of Fame in 2007.