Retired Arizona Public Service CEO to launch electric utility management lecture series

Jack E. Davis, retired president and chief operating officer of Pinnacle West Capital Corporation (PNW) and chief executive officer for Arizona Public Service (APS), will present the College of Engineering Electric Utility Management Program Distinguished Lecture. The lecture, the first of a series, will be held Thursday, April 3 at 3:30 pm in Thomas and Brown Hall Room 104.

NMSU’s Electric Utility Management Program (EUMP), the only such program in the country, has been graduating students with engineering skills and business acumen for this complex industry for nearly 40 years.

EUMP is a unique graduate program in which students acquire both engineering skills as well as an understanding of the economics, management and societal aspects of the electric power systems. Courses from the College of Engineering and the College of Business Center for Public Utilities comprise the program. Most students in the program graduate with a minor in economics. The program has graduated more than 250 students with master’s of science in electrical engineering, seven of whom have become CEOs of public utilities.

Davis graduated from NMSU with a bachelor’s of science degree in electrical engineering in 1973.

“EUMP has graduated many students who have gone on to take important positions in the industry where they have acquired skills and knowledge beyond power engineering,” said Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Satish Ranade who is also director of EUMP.  “Jack Davis rose up the ranks at APS during a difficult time for the industry and he made the company the success that is today. We want to share that expertise with our community here and let people know that the power industry is vital and important.”

Davis retired as the president and chief operating officer for Pinnacle West Capital Corporation (PNW) and chief executive officer for Arizona Public Service (APS) on Feb. 29, 2008. Davis was also on the board of directors for both companies. He joined APS in 1973 as an engineer in the system planning department and has served as president and CEO of APS since September 2002. He was elected president of PNW in February 2001 and took on the added responsibility of chief operating officer in September 2003.

PNW is a Phoenix-based company with consolidated assets of approximately $9 billion. Through its subsidiaries, the largest of which is APS, the company generates, sells and delivers electricity and sells energy-related products and services to retail and wholesale customers in the western U.S. It also develops residential, commercial and industrial real estate projects. APS is the largest electric utility in Arizona, serving more than one million customers, and is the second-fastest growing investor-owned electric utility in the nation.

“These are challenging times for the power industry and we need to change the way we think about power generation,” said Ranade. “EUMP is the anchor to a broader benefit, through research, workforce development, continuing education and outreach. Consumers and the industry benefit from the expertise generated by the program.”

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