by Amy Bearinger, Published March 22, 2012
YPSILANTI - EMU alumnus Dale E. Heydlauff is this year's Undergraduate Symposium keynote speaker. Heydlauff's connection to EMU, both past and present, truly is a commitment to excellence, something also seen within each student presenter.
A current member of the Board of Trustees of the Eastern Michigan University Foundation and co-chair of the Foundation's "Invest. Inspire" comprehensive campaign, Heydlauff is certain to show students the importance of success and giving back.
While attending EMU, Heydlauff received a bachelor of science degree in political science and communication. He was a member of three national championship forensics teams (1976, 1977, 1978) and a key member of EMU's Madrigal Singers. In 1997 he completed an executive MBA program at the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia.
Heydlauff is currently vice president-Corporate Communications and president of the American Electric Power Foundation. He has enjoyed an outstanding 24-year career with the company, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. American Electric Power is one of the nation's largest generators of electricity and operates seven utility units throughout 11 states. His responsibilities include internal and external communications and oversight of corporate contributions and community relations. Several other appointments with AEP spanned the years in between his first hire in 1988 as director-federal affairs in the company's Washington office and his current roles with the company.
Prior to joining AEP, Heydlauff served on the government relations staff of General Motors, as a legislative assistant for former Michigan Congressman Carl D. Pursell, as the deputy director of the State of Illinois Washington Office for former Gov. James R. Thompson, and in private practice in the Washington law firm of Van Ness, Feldman, Sutcliffe & Curtis specializing in energy, environmental, transportation and tax issues.
Heydlauff will attend the 32nd Undergraduate Symposium and present the keynote address at the Symposium Luncheon. It is clear this year's event will be enriched through the reflection of this outstanding individual.
Note: The keynote address will be given during the Symposium Luncheon from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. This event is invite-only.