Charles D. McCrary

Charles D. McCrary, '73 mechanical engineering, served as president and chief executive officer of Alabama Power Company following a distinguished 40-year career with the company. His record of leadership and service to Alabama Power Company is widely recognized, and his impact on the state of Alabama is undeniable. He currently serves as chairman of the board for Regions.

McCrary was introduced to Alabama Power Company early in his life through the work of his father, and began his own career with the company in the summer of 1970 following his freshman year at Auburn University. He went on to obtain a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Auburn, as well as a juris doctorate from the Birmingham School of Law. Throughout his career, McCrary steadily moved into roles of increasing responsibility within the company, proving time and again that his leadership skills and keen sense of vision could carry the company through various challenging times.

In addition to a commitment to his profession, McCrary has been actively involved in the community, both in Birmingham and across the state. He has provided leadership and support to numerous businesses, civic and educational programs, and as an avid outdoorsman, serving on the board of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

He also has remained deeply devoted to the advancement of Auburn University, currently serving on its Board of Trustees. His service on the presidential search committee was influential in bringing new leadership to the university. His participation in the Auburn Alumni Engineering Council, his role in securing funding for the Alabama Power Academic Excellence Program and the Alabama Power Nuclear Power Generation Systems program, and his personal philanthropic support of the university, are evidence of his commitment to higher education and to future generations.

His service to the university has helped us remain focused on our three-fold mission of education, research and extension. As such, Auburn has developed prominent expertise in areas related to Alabama Power Company’s core mission of providing affordable, reliable electricity that impacts Alabama’s economy and improves the quality of life for its citizens. In recognition of his service and dedication to this mission, Auburn University honored him through the establishment of the Charles D. McCrary Institute for Cyber and Critical Infrastructure Security in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering.