TUSKEGEE, Ala. — Jonathan Porter, director of customer services for Alabama Power Company is the newest member of the Tuskegee University Board of Trustees. A native of Bessemer, Ala., Porter is an alumnus who graduated in 1995. He has been actively engaged on campus for a number of years and has facilitated workshops and served as a speaker for student events.
“I am truly humbled and honored to serve on the Board of Trustees for Tuskegee University,” Porter said. “I look forward to working with the Board for the advancement of Tuskegee University for generations to come.”
Alabama Power provides electricity to more than 1.4 million customers across the state of Alabama. Porter is responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction to the residential and commercial/industrial customer service centers which operate 24 hours per day and seven days a week responding to approximately 7 million calls a year. He also leads initiatives with management from various company departments to enhance customer experience.
Porter has held various positions including: senior corporate recruiter, senior HR business representative, assistant business office manager, lead HR business consultant, and assistant to the executive vice president of external affairs, and Birmingham division area manager. Prior to joining Alabama Power, he worked as an underwriting analyst for Protective Life Corporation and as a manager at INROADS, Inc.
Porter serves as a member of the board of directors for such organizations, including: REV Birmingham, Jefferson County Education Foundation, Jefferson County Economic & Industrial Authority, and INROADS, Inc. (Southeast region). Porter has previously served on the boards of the American Association of Blacks in Energy, National Association of African Americans in HR, National Black MBA Association, and PING (Partnership in Neighborhood Growth). Porter serves as a distinguished member of the Newcomer Society of Alabama.
Porter graduated cum laude from Tuskegee with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. He was also a 4-year letterman in football and was an All Conference Scholar-Athlete from 1991-1994. Porter later received his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1997.
He is also a 2011 graduate of Leadership Birmingham, graduate of the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce’s Project Corporate Leadership program, graduate of the Alabama Power Company Leadership Development program, and past participant in the Alabama Leadership Initiative. Porter has been featured in the Who’s Who in Black Birmingham and was recognized as a “Top 40 Under 40” by the Birmingham Business Journal.