Wiregrass Electric Cooperative Chief Operating Officer and TROY alum Brad Kimbro will provide the keynote address at TROY Dothan’s Fall Commencement on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. at the Dothan Civic Center.
Over 100 undergrad and graduate students will receive their degrees during the ceremony. Tickets are not required.
As COO and a member of the senior management team at WEC, Kimbro is responsible for the Member Services, Public Relations/Marketing, Communications, Economic Development, Community & Governmental Affairs and Energy Services departments.
Across his tenure, he oversaw communications during the Cooperative’s conversion to an automated metering system and developed a unique partnership with Habitat for Humanity for weatherization of low-income homes. Kimbro also successfully pursued Alabama’s first pilot project for a community-based energy efficiency program between an electric cooperative and the state Department of Economic and Community Affairs.
Kimbro lead the efforts of establishing and implementing the Cooperative’s charitable Foundation, known as the Operation Round Up Foundation Program, and is also heavily involved in the Cooperative’s partnership with Troy Cable/C-Spire. He has also lead the Cooperative in innovative safety communication programs that have allowed the Cooperative to achieve a safety culture that boasts the best safety results in the history of WEC.
“Working for a not-for-profit electric cooperative like Wiregrass Electric Cooperative is very satisfying to me because it is more than just a job. It is an opportunity to truly help improve people’s quality of life,” Kimbro said. “Whether through providing reliable and affordable electricity through the many various programs, products and services we have in place to help with energy efficiency needs or through improving the local area through the Cooperative’s charitable Foundation, Wiregrass Electric Cooperative has a vested interest in our local community and always places the focus on its members. After all, ‘Just Enough, Isn’t Enough’ and going the extra mile is what Wiregrass Electric Cooperative is all about.”
In nearly 29 years of service in the electric utility industry, he has earned numerous certifications, awards and acknowledgements in management, planning, economic development, communication and public relations from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), the Alabama Rural Electric Cooperative Association (AREA) and other utility industry organizations.
Kimbro serves as Immediate Past Chairman on the Executive Board of the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce, as Immediate Past President of the Dothan-Tuesday Rotary Club, as a board member for the Grow Southeast Alabama Economic Development Board, as Chairman of the Board at the Dothan-Houston County Library, as a member of the Advisory Board for the historic preservation of Dupree School, as a member of the Advisory Board for the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine, as a board member for the Wiregrass United Way and as Chairman of the Ashford Downtown Redevelopment Authority.
Kimbro is the father of two daughters and a grandfather of two. He and his wife Judith own a retail gift shop/boutique in downtown Ashford, Alabama and are active members at Memphis Baptist Church.