WMU News

VP of nation's largest power company to speak

Oct. 3, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- A Western Michigan University alumnus who is the senior vice president and senior production manager for the Southern Company, the country's largest producer of electricity, will visit the WMU campus this month to deliver the annual Distinguished Political Science Department Alumnus Lecture.

Chris Womack, who earned his bachelor's degree in political science from WMU in 1979, will speak about his experiences after leaving WMU as well as the leadership, business and political challenges he has faced throughout his career. The lecture is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10 in Room 3301 of Friedmann Hall.

"The business and political dynamics are changing so rapidly in our economy today, that leadership is more important than ever," says Womack. "Students must understand what this means for them, and I want Western to continue to develop and prepare our next generation of leaders."

After graduating from WMU, Womack worked as a legislative aide to Rep. Leon Panetta of California who was chairman of the House Budget Committee. Womack then served as staff director for the Subcommittee on Personnel and Police for the Committee House Administration before joining the Alabama Power Company in 1988. He later became the top human resources officer for the company before assuming his current position.

In addition to his degree from WMU, Womack earned a master's degree in public administration from American University. He also completed the Executive Finance and Accounting Program at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the Stanford Executive Program.

Media contact: Matt Gerard, 269 387-8400, matthew.gerard@wmich.edu

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