Before being elected AEP president in December 2010, Akins served for several years as executive vice president in charge of generation work, which included engineering, construction, power plant operations, fuels procurement and marketing.
Akins oversaw AEP's efforts to adopt new technology to address climate change concerns and an increasing demand for electric power.
He previously served as president and chief operating officer for Southwestern Electric Power, which had 439,000 customers in Louisiana, Arkansas and northeast Texas.
Akins was the first of five speakers in the UC Speaker Series who will discuss energy issues in West Virginia and the rest of the nation.
Eban Goodstein, director of the Bard Center for Environmental Protection, will be the next speaker in the series. He will speak Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m., in UC's Geary Auditorium, on "Climate Change and Power Solutions."
For a complete list of speakers, visit www.ucwv.edu/SpeakerSeries.
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