United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

T. Preston Gillespie Jr.

Preston Gillespie is site vice president of Oconee Nuclear Station in Seneca, S.C. Gillespie is responsible for the safe and reliable operation of Oconee Nuclear Station, a three-unit, pressurized water-reactor nuclear generating facility. He directs station and facilities management, operations, maintenance, chemistry and radiation protection, engineering, nuclear and industrial safety, and business operations.

Gillespie has 25 years of experience in the nuclear energy field.

He joined Duke Power in 1986 as an assistant engineer at Oconee Nuclear Station in Seneca, S.C. He served in a variety of functions in engineering and operations including reactor engineer, system engineer, shift technical advisor, operations shift manager, and shift operations manager. In 2004, he was named nuclear engineering manager at Oconee, where he managed the nuclear and electrical engineering activities for the station's engineering organization. Gillespie moved to Catawba Nuclear Station in 2007 to serve as the station's operations superintendent. In October 2008, he returned to Oconee Nuclear Station as station manager. Gillespie was named to his current position in September 2010.

The Charleston, S.C., native graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering. 
Gillespie is a registered professional engineer in South Carolina. He has held a senior reactor operator license from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for Oconee Nuclear Station. He is also a past recipient of the company's Robinson Award, which recognized employees for their outstanding contributions to the company's operations.

Gillespie and his wife, Donna, have a son.

Duke Energy, one of the largest power companies in the United States, supplies and delivers electricity to approximately 4 million customers in the Carolinas and the Midwest. The company also distributes natural gas in Ohio and Kentucky. Its commercial power and international businesses operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a growing renewable energy portfolio. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 500 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK.

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