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Anthony R. James

Distinguished Alumnus May 2002

Anthony_James_Headshot_lowresAnthony R. James is a 1968 graduate of Winter Haven High School who received his Associate in Arts degree from Polk State College in 1970. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of South Florida in 1973.

Prior to his retirement in 2008, Mr. James served as Executive Vice President of Southern Company and President of the Shared Services Organization which provided support services to Southern Company, one of the largest producers of electricity in the United States.

He also served as President and CEO of Savannah Electric Company in Savannah, GA from 2001 to 2005. Mr. James joined Savannah Electric in 2000 as Vice President of Power Generation and Senior Production Officer. Concurrently with this role, he held a dual appointment as Generation Manager for Georgia Power Company, a sister subsidiary of Southern Company, where he managed five major power generation facilities.

Before joining Southern Company, he was an electrical and instrumentation manager, a production department manager, and a resident engineer for Procter and Gamble. As a college co-op student, he worked as an engineering assistant at NASA Kennedy Space Center.

In 2004, Mr. James was selected as “Black Engineer of the Year” by U.S. Black Engineer magazine and Career Communications group. He was recognized by the same organization as one of the “100 Most Important Blacks in Technology” in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.

He is co-author of the 2005 book, The Shoulders of Giants, with Ken Chapman and Founder of the American Association of Blacks in Energy, Savannah Chapter in 2002.

Throughout his distinguished career, Mr. James has displayed broad experience in the areas of engineering, construction, power plant management, safety and health, corporate office administration, employee benefits, and wholesale power marketing.

He has served as Chairman of the Southeastern Electric Exchange (SEE) and the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies (AEIC). AEIC is one of the oldest organizations in the electric energy industry founded in 1885. He is currently a board member of the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) and the Georgia Tech Professional Education Advisory Board.

Mr. James has received numerous civic and professional awards and commendations. He was recognized in 2011 during the Centennial Celebration of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity with the “Century Award of Excellence”. Other awards include the Outstanding Career Accomplishments Award in the Field of Business by the Savannah MLK Jr. Observance Day Committee in 2002 and the Polk Community College Black Alumni Exemplar Award in 1985.

Now retired, Anthony and his wife, Sheila, reside in Atlanta, Georgia.