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Southern Company CEO to Speak
at Mercer’s Executive Forum March 3

February 27, 2009

Media Contact:
Mark Vanderhoek
(800) 837-2911, ext. 4037

David Ratcliffe, chairman, president and CEO of Southern Company, will be the featured speaker at Mercer University’s Executive Forum Presented by BB&T on Tuesday, March 3.  Ratcliffe will give a lunch presentation at 12 p.m. at the Capital City Club in Atlanta and a dinner presentation at 6:30 p.m. in the University Center on Mercer’s Macon campus.

As the leader of one of the nation’s largest utility companies, Ratcliffe brings a wealth of knowledge and executive experience to the forum. The Atlanta-based Southern Company generates more than $15 billion in annual revenue and owns electric utilities in four states across the Southeast.

Ratcliffe joined the Southern Company in 1971 as a biologist and quickly moved up the management ranks. He has had his hand in nearly all facets of the company, and has held titles such as vice president of fuel services, executive vice president of Southern Company Services and senior vice president of external affairs. From 1991 to 1995, Ratcliffe was president and CEO of Mississippi Power. He was the CEO of Georgia Power - Southern Company’s largest subsidiary - for five years before being named Southern Company’s president and CEO in 2004.

About the Executive Forum:
The Executive Forum is a business outreach program of Mercer University’s Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics, and the Office of University Advancement. The Executive Forum provides business professionals with an opportunity to hear nationally noted speakers while networking with other business leaders. For more information, call Mercer’s Office of University Advancement at (800) 837-2911 or visit

About Mercer University:
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University has approximately 7,700 students; 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies; major campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah; three regional academic centers across the state; a university press; two teaching hospitals — Memorial University Medical Center and the Medical Center of Central Georgia; educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta; an engineering research center in Warner Robins; a performing arts center in Macon; and a NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit
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