Richard A. Lumpkin

Founding Director

Richard Lumpkin began his 47-year career in telecommunications with Illinois Consolidated Telephone Co. (ICTC), a pioneer Central Illinois telephone company founded in 1894 by his great-grandfather, Iverson A. Lumpkin, in Mattoon, Illinois. He currently serves as Chairman of Consolidated Communications.

In 1984, he was named president of the newly formed holding company, Consolidated Communications Inc. then served as chairman and chief executive officer from 1990 until 1997. While under McLeodUSA ownership, Mr. Lumpkin served as Vice Chairman of McLeodUSA from 1997 until CCI's return to private ownership in 2002.

Long active in the telecommunications industry, he is a past director, past president and past treasurer of the U. S. Telecommunications Association, and is a past president of the Illinois Telecommunications Association. Mr. Lumpkin also served as chairman and director of Illuminet Holdings, Inc. and Independent Telecommunications Network and also held director positions for Teldata and the National Telecommunications Network.

He is a past chairman of Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Systems, Inc., and a past director of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce, Ameren Corp., First Mid-Illinois Bancshares, Inc., the Illinois Business RoundTable and the College of Commerce at the University of Illinois. He also served on the University Council Committee on Information Technology for Yale University. Mr. Lumpkin has also served as trustee of Millikin University and Concord Academy.

Mr. Lumpkin received the Distinguished Service Award from the US Telecom Association, the Beta Gamma Sigma Medallion for Entrepreneurship, and in recognition for his lifetime commitment to East Central Illinois, he received a Doctorate in Public Service (Honorary) from Eastern Illinois University.

Mr. Lumpkin received his bachelor's degree from Yale University and MBA from Harvard University.