Erroll Davis, Jr. on Energy, Education and Leadership

Erroll B. Davis, Jr., BS/CIT '65 (trustee), former superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools and former chief executive officer and chair of Alliant Energy, spoke to Tepper School students and staff on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014.
 
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Biography

In 2011, Erroll B. Davis, Jr. began serving as superintendent for Atlanta Public Schools (APS). He retired from this position at the end of June 2014. Prior to joining APS, Davis was chancellor of the University System of Georgia, where he was responsible for 35 public colleges and universities; 302,000 students; 40,200 employees; and a $6.3 billion budget. Previously, Davis was chairman of the board of Alliant Energy Corporation – an energy holding company with $8.3 billion in assets and $3 billion in operating revenues. Davis joined Alliant as president and CEO, and before then served as president and CEO of WPL Holdings.

Davis is a former member of the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents and former chairman and current member of the board of trustees of Carnegie Mellon University. A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Davis earned a BS in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA in finance from the University of Chicago. He is on the board of directors of General Motors, Union Pacific Corp. and the Public Broadcasting System. He is on the advisory board of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) and a member of the National Academy of Sciences roundtable on community resilience. Davis and his wife, Elaine, established the Davis Family Foundation, which makes annual grants to students in need.