Calvin G. Butler, Jr., chief executive officer of Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE), will deliver a keynote speech at the A. James Clark School of Engineering’s Spring 2015 Commencement on May 22 at 4:00 pm.
Before becoming CEO of the Baltimore-based company in March 2014, Butler served as BGE’s senior vice president, regulatory and external affairs. In that role, he was responsible for executing the company’s strategic direction and cultivating relationships with government, regulatory, community and other key stakeholders. Butler also served as Exelon’s senior vice president of corporate affairs and held other leadership positions within Exelon and BGE’s sister company, ComEd (Chicago). Butler played a critical role in helping to successfully navigate company and stakeholder relations during the merger between Exelon and Constellation Energy.
Prior to joining Exelon in 2008, Butler held leadership positions for eight years with the print, digital and supply chain solutions company RR Donnelley, including senior director of government affairs, vice president of manufacturing and senior vice president of external affairs. Butler also managed RR Donnelley’s supplier diversity and oversaw government sales efforts at the local, state and federal levels and served as president of RR Donnelley’s nonprofit foundation. Butler spent his early career with CILCORP (Central Illinois Light Co.), where he worked in government affairs, legal and strategy.
Butler is very active in civic and community relations. Butler currently serves on the board of directors for the University of Maryland Medical Center, the Kennedy Krieger Institute, the Greater Baltimore Committee, the Maryland Zoological Society (Maryland Zoo in Baltimore), the Enoch Pratt Free Library and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. He is on the board of governors for The Center Club, the board of trustees for the Baltimore Community Foundation and is a Governor appointee to the Maryland Private Sector Economic Development Commission. Butler is a member of the Economic Club of Washington, D.C. and also serves in multiple leadership capacities at his alma mater, Bradley University. He is currently vice chairman, member of the executive committee and chairman of the Presidential Search Committee. In 2014, Butler served as the chair of the American Heart Association’s Greater Baltimore Heart Walk.
Butler has received several honors and recognitions for his business, civic and community contributions. In 2014, Butler received an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters from Morgan State University, the Presidents’ Roundtable Corporate Executive Trailblazer Award and the Icon Award from Associated Black Charities. From 2011 to 2014, he was recognized by Uptown Professional Magazine as one of the top “100 Executives in America.”
Butler earned a bachelor’s degree from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., and a Juris Doctor degree from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Mo.
Butler is married to Sharon Crawford and has two children, Blake Calvin and Raini Alexis.
May 5, 2015