Southern Company Senior VP Doug Jones joins board of Coles College of Business at KSU

The Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University announced today that Doug Jones‚…

Georgia (Mar 13, 2003) — Southern Company Senior VP Doug Jones joins board of Coles College of Business at KSU



The Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University announced today that Doug Jones‚ Senior Vice President of Southern Company Generation and Energy Marketing‚ has agreed to serve on its Board. Jones is responsible for managing Southern Company's wholesale power supply business‚ which includes responsibility for business development‚ market analysis‚ contract administration‚ and finance and accounting support. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from KSU.

"When people ask me to comment about key events that have occurred to me during my career at Southern Company‚ I always mention the MBA degree from Kennesaw‚" Jones says. "I try to encourage all of our new hires‚ particularly if they don't have much of a business background‚ to go back to school and study for an MBA‚" he adds.

"What a privilege it is to enlist the talents of Doug Jones‚ a Coles College MBA alum to our Board‚" says Coles College Dean Tim Mescon‚ who also holds the Dinos Eminent Scholar Chair of Entrepreneurial Management. "Doug is a senior executive in one of the fastest growing Southern Company units and brings great marketing and strategy experience to our Board."

The Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University has developed a national reputation as a leading provider of business education. In addition to offering undergraduate degrees‚ its graduate programs include the Career Growth MBA‚ MBA for Experienced Professionals‚ BellSouth MBA‚ Master of Accounting and WebMBA. The centers of excellence at the Coles College include the Cox Family Enterprise Center‚ the Econometric Center‚ the Corporate Governance Center‚ and the China Research Center. The Coles College is accredited by AACSB International.

With 4 million customers and nearly 37‚000 megawatts of generating capacity‚ Atlanta−based Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is the premier super−regional energy company in the Southeast and a leading U.S. producer of electricity. Southern Company owns electric utilities in four states‚ a growing competitive generation company‚ an energy services business and a competitive retail natural gas business‚ as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service‚ high reliability and retail electric prices that are 15 percent below the national average. Southern Company has been named No. 1 on Fortune magazine's 2002 "America's Most Admired Companies" list in the Electric and Gas Utility industry. Southern Company has more than 500‚000 shareholders‚ making its common stock one of the most widely held in the United States. Visit the Southern Company Web site at


Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of 15‚600 from 118 countries. The fifth largest out of 34 institutions in the University System of Georgia‚ KSU offers 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit