University of South Carolina

Leadership, sustainability focus of USC, Duke Energy program

The University of South Carolina and Duke Energy have established an Executive-in-Residence Program that will bring some of the corporation’s top leaders to campus to discuss sustainability and leadership during the academic year.

Created around the theme, “Leadership in Sustainability,” the program will bring together university leaders, faculty, students and staff with Duke Energy executives from the fields of energy and environmental policy, economic development, power distribution and delivery, communications and government and regulatory affairs.

USC Provost Michael Amiridis said the partnership with Duke Energy is an outstanding example of a public-private partnership that will enhance understanding of the importance of leadership and sustainability.

“As one of the largest power companies in the United States, Duke Energy has consistently demonstrated leadership in the area of sustainability,” Amiridis said. “By inviting their executives to spend time on campus to interact with students and faculty, we expect to help our students and faculty expand their understanding of these complex themes and, hopefully, come away with an enhanced appreciation of the critical importance of leadership and sustainability for success in the global marketplace.”

Catherine Heigel, president of Duke Energy South Carolina, said Duke Energy was pleased to collaborate with USC on developing leaders for the energy sector.

“Duke Energy is committed to serving customers and communities in a way that is affordable, reliable and environmentally responsible – a difficult assignment that we take very seriously,” said Catherine Heigel, president, Duke Energy South Carolina. “We are excited to collaborate with the University of South Carolina to develop the energy leaders of the future who will balance these important objectives over the next several decades.”

The program will get under way in September and conclude with a public energy forum in February. Six executives are scheduled to visit the campus, speak to undergraduate and graduate students, tour research facilities, talk with faculty and administrators and deliver a public lecture. Each executive will be hosted by a college whose academic offerings match the visiting executive’s background and experience.

The first two Duke Energy participants in the Sustainability in Leadership Program and the dates they will visit are:

Sept. 13 -- Janice Hager, vice president of integrated resource planning and regulated analytics (College of Arts and Sciences). “Building A Sustainable Energy Future.” 3:30 p.m. Russell House Theatre.

Oct. 6 -- Jim L. Stanley, “Wired for A Sustainable Energy Future” senior vice president of power delivery (College of Engineering and Computing) 3:30 p.m. Amoco Hall, Swearingen Engineering Center.

Amiridis said the Leadership in Sustainability Program, which is the first of its kind at USC, brings an important dimension to the university’s leadership programs, particularly the newly minted Carolina Leadership Initiative.

“Leadership is an increasingly important trait for individuals to have if they are going to be successful in any endeavor they choose,” Amiridis said. “By addressing topics such as responsibility and integrity within the broader realm of sustainability, the Leadership in Sustainability Program complements the Carolina Leadership Initiative and is one more way that our students can gain valuable preparation for life after Carolina.”

Duke Energy Carolinas

For more information, visit the Carolina Leadership Initiative website

Duke Energy Carolinas owns nuclear, coal-fired, natural gas and hydroelectric generation. That diverse fuel mix provides approximately 19,000 megawatts of electricity capacity to approximately 2.4 million customers in a 22,000-square-mile service area of North Carolina and South Carolina. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 500 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available on the Internet at:

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Posted: 09/03/11 @ 10:30 AM | Updated: 09/06/11 @ 12:42 PM | Permalink