Spencer graduated from Auburn in 1978 with a degree in psychology. Currently executive vice president of Alabama Power Company, his more than 35 years of experience with Southern Company, Southern Nuclear, and Alabama Power have helped to grow one of the most respected utilities in the world. Spencer began his career in real estate and human resources, which led to a middle career serving directly for five CEOs at three companies before settling into mostly external affairs roles at Southern Company and then Alabama Power. In 2007, he took on responsibility for Alabama Power’s Customer Service Organization providing leadership for the six geographic divisions across the state, transmission and distribution operations, marketing and economic development, customer service, and all support functions.
Spencer “works on behalf of” 4,900 employees to provide satisfaction and safe, affordable, and reliable electric service to 1.4 million customers. He leads the company’s Target Zero safety effort, as well as its relationship with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers who at 3,000 members strong are nationally recognized for the positive working relationship that is enjoyed between the IBEW and company management.
Spencer is a member of Auburn’s 1856 Society, a life member of the Auburn Alumni Association, and serves on Auburn’s Research Advisory Council. In his community, Spencer serves as a board member of several organizations including Woodlawn Foundation, Birmingham Business Alliance, Birmingham Zoo, and Central Alabama Advisory Board for Regions Bank. He completed the Executive Finance and Accounting Program at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Miles College (Fairfield, Ala.) in 2009. He and his wife, Lynne, have two children: Dylan, a 2014 graduate of Auburn’s Harbert College of Business; and Emily, currently at Auburn majoring in communication disorders.