BG&E executive is 2018 spring commencement speaker

  • UMES welcomes Calvin G. Butler Jr. May 25

    Friday, March 9, 2018
    Calvin G. Butler Jr.

    Calvin G. Butler Jr., chief executive officer of Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE), will deliver the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's commencement address May 25 to the Class of 2018. 

    Butler has been a utility company executive since 2008 when he joined the Chicago-based Exelon Corp. as a senior vice president of corporate affairs for BGE's parent company. 

    Prior to being named BGE's chief executive four years ago, Butler was senior vice president for regulatory and external affairs. Today, his responsibilities include oversight of BGE's performance in safety, reliability, customer service, and diversity and inclusion. He is a member of BGE's Board of Directors and the executive committee of Exelon. 

    Butler has held other senior leadership roles in external affairs as well as manufacturing with the print, digital and supply chain solutions company RR Donnelley. He spent his early career with Central Illinois Light Co., where he held positions in government affairs, legal and strategy. 

    He earned a bachelor's degree from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., and a law degree from Washington University in St. Louis. He received an honorary degree from Morgan State University in 2014. 

    A year ago, Black Enterprise Magazine named Butler one of the “300 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America,” and the Baltimore Museum of Industry named him “Industrialist of the Year.” Butler made Baltimore Magazine's “Top Ten Baltimoreans” list while The Daily Record listed him as one of the state's “Most Admired CEOs” and one of its most “Influential Marylanders.” 

    He serves on the boards of several prominent Baltimore-based organizations including the Baltimore Community Foundation, University of Maryland Medical Center, the Greater Baltimore Committee, the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, the Center Club and Caves Valley Golf Club, which has provided generous scholarships in support of UMES' PGA golf management program. 

    Butler is chairman of his alma mater's governing board, Bradley University. He also serves on the board of the Institute of International Education, a not-for-profit organization focused on advancing scholarship, promoting access to education, and building economies; and the Library of Congress' James Madison Council.


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