Christopher C. Womack B.S.’79, Political Science
Chris Womack is the president of Georgia Power, the state’s largest electric provider, and will take on additional responsibilities as chairman and CEO in 2021. In his previous position with Southern Company, of which Georgia Power is the largest subsidiary and one of the largest energy providers in the U.S., Womack oversaw public policy strategies, corporate communications, and governmental and regulatory affairs. He joined the company in 1988 as a governmental affairs representative. He began his career as a legislative aide for U.S. Representative Leon Panetta of California, who at the time was chairman of the House Budget Committee.
During the course of his career, Womack has earned a name for himself as a leader in business and community, holding board positions for numerous charitable and activist organizations, as well as receiving many honors. He has chaired or served as a member of the boards of the Atlanta Convention of Visitors Bureau, Communities in Schools of Georgia, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America—to name only a few.
A selection of more recent honors include the Let Us Make Man Community Service Award in 2019, the National Award of Merit from Alpha Phi Alpha in 2011, the Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver Award in 2010, and the Black Enterprise/Porsche intelligent Performers Award in 2010.
As a proud WMU alumnus, Womack serves on the WMU Foundation Board of Directors and previously served as president and member of the WMU Alumni Association Board of Directors. In 2003, he was the recipient of the Alumnus Achievement Award in Political Science.
Womack also holds an MPA from American University. As a WMU student, Womack was affiliated with the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.