Entergy CEO, Leo Denault, will speak at Alcorn’s 2019 Spring Commencement

Entergy Corporation's top-ranking official will address Alcorn State University's graduates during its upcoming commencement.

Leo Denault, chairman of the Board of Directors and chief executive officer at Entergy Corporation, will be the speaker at Alcorn's 2019 Spring Commencement Saturday, May 4 at the Davey L. Whitney HPER Complex.

Denault assumed his current role in 2013 and is leading the transformation of the company from a utility and merchant power company to a pure-play utility that is deploying new technologies to improve the customer experience. His leadership has included the development of a robust capital plan to modernize and strengthen the reliability of the Entergy Fleet while maintaining customer rates that are among the lowest in the country. The company has also been recognized as a driving force behind the industrial expansion along the Gulf Coast.

Speaking to Alcorn's newest alumni gives Denault satisfaction because of the opportunity to motivate them to achieve even greater success in the future.

"When I think about all of the hard work by this year's graduating class, I'm humbled and excited to play a small part in the celebration of their efforts," said Denault. "The opportunity to share a few of my own experiences with our future leaders is a distinct honor."

Pride overcomes Denault when he thinks of the students' graduation day. He's an advocate of education, and he believes acquiring more knowledge is the key to progress.

"I believe education helps foster an attitude of lifelong learning and growth. It's truly one of the most important personal investments one can make. These students have persevered to achieve their goals and now stand ready to realize their dreams further as they create a better world for those who follow them."

Over the years, Alcorn and Entergy have established a solid partnership through shared initiatives and scholarships. Interim Provost, Dr. John Igwebuike looks forward to Denault's speech, and he is confident that Denault will deliver a positive message to the graduates.

"Alcorn and Entergy have been forging a strong partnership for decades," said Igwebuike. "As an economic engine, Alcorn collaborates with neighborhood partners, like Entergy Corporation, to bolster economic development and prosperity in southwest Mississippi. I am proud of the partnership, and Mr. Denault will highlight the mutuality of the Alcorn-Entergy relationship in his address."