Robert J. Trulaske Sr., College of Business, University of Missouri

Advisory Board Members

Melody Birmingham-Byrd

Duke Energy Indiana
Advisory Board Member: 
Financial Research Institute Advisory Board

Melody Birmingham-Byrd is president of Duke Energy's Indiana operations, the state's largest electric utility, serving approximately 820,000 customers in 69 of Indiana's 92 counties. She is responsible for the financial performance of Duke Energy's regulated utilities in Indiana, in addition to managing regulatory affairs, government relations and community affairs. She also has responsibility for advancing the company's legislative and regulatory strategies and integrated resource planning. 

Previously, Byrd served as senior vice president of Midwest delivery operations, overseeing the company's electric distribution system in Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. This included construction, maintenance, operations, engineering, and resource and project management. 

Prior to the merger between Duke Energy and Progress Energy in July 2012, Byrd served as vice president of the Southern Region for Progress Energy Carolinas. With more than 23 years of leadership and managerial experience in the electric and automotive manufacturing industries, she has served in roles within distribution, transmission and fossil generation. 

Byrd holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Strayer University. She attended the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School. She is also a licensed project management professional through the Project Management Institute. In 2016, Byrd was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in Terre Haute, Ind. 

Byrd currently serves on the boards of directors of the Indiana Electric Association, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Special Olympics Indiana, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, American Association of Blacks in Energy and United Way of Central Indiana.

Duke Energy, one of the largest energy holding companies in the United States, supplies and delivers electric services to approximately 7.5 million customers in the Southeast and Midwest. The company also distributes natural gas services to approximately 1.6 million customers in the Carolinas, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. Its commercial business operates a growing renewable energy portfolio across the United States. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 125 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK.