Todd Terrell

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Ball State

B.S., Telecommunications, 1983

Current Position

Director, External Communications
Southern Company


Todd Terrell is the director of external communications for Southern Company with responsibility for media relations, investor relations communications, crisis communications, social and digital media, human resources communication, executive communications, and special projects (mergers, acquisitions and divestitures). Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is number 163 on The Fortune 500 list.

Todd joined Georgia Power, Southern Company’s largest subsidiary, and has held numerous communications leadership positions at Southern Company and its subsidiaries — Georgia Power, Mississippi Power, and Southern Nuclear. He also developed and executed communications strategies for Southern Company’s international acquisitions of utility assets in England, Germany, China, India, Australia and the Philippines.

Prior to joining Southern Company, Todd was a broadcast journalist at television and radio stations in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Indiana. He is a member of the National Press Club, the Georgia Press Association and the Atlanta Press Club.

Todd earned his Bachelor of Science degree at Ball State University majoring in Telecommunications with double minors in Business Management and Journalism in 1983. He serves on the CCIM Dean's Executive Advisory Council at Ball State. He is the current chairman of the Atlanta Area Council, Boy Scouts of America Friends of Scouting campaign.

Todd is married to Leslie McAllister Terrell. They have three children including a son who is a student in the College of Architecture at Ball State.

Todd Terrell

“It is an honor to serve on the CCIM Dean's Executive Advisory Council. The DEAC is well-composed, diverse, high-functioning and experienced. In my view, the DEAC is a critical strategic asset of the university. When I hire recent college graduates, I’m looking for people who can think and act.  It’s one thing to learn a craft. It is something totally different to learn critical thinking skills. I am truly impressed with the creativity and critical thinking that is going on inside CCIM among the students, faculty and staff. Bravo!”