Advisory Committee Member Profile
Columbia Gas of Virginia
Areas of Expertise
Your Customers, Their Journey, Navigating Politics Of Change
Brent Archer has served as President of Columbia Gas of Virginia since April 2015. In March 2018 he assumed the additional role of Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for overall Virginia operating company performance. With headquarters in Chester, Columbia Gas of Virginia operates more than 5,000 miles of natural gas lines and seven regional offices, serving nearly 275,000 residential, commercial and industrial natural gas customers in 91 communities across Virginia.
Archer has served in a variety of leadership positions at the Columbia Gas companies. Prior to being named President and COO, he served as Director of Business Policy, having responsibility for the company’s legislative, regulatory and customer energy efficiency programs. He has nearly 33 years experience in the natural gas industry in communications, government policy and regulatory affairs, beginning his career with Columbia Gas in 1986.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Marshall University, and an MBA from the West Virginia University Graduate College. He is the Immediate Past President of the Virginia Oil & Gas Association and he currently serves as Chairman of the Board for the Chesterfield County Food Bank. He is a 2009 graduate of Lead Virginia, and additionally serves on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Virginia Business Council. Archer and his wife Dr. Andrea Archer and their two children live in Midlothian VA.
Columbia Gas of Virginia is a subsidiary of NiSource (NYSE: NI), one of the largest fully-regulated utility companies in the United States, serving approximately 3.5 million natural gas customers and 500,000 electric customers through its local Columbia Gas and NIPSCO brands across seven states.