From his uncle’s local television shop to a utility company with more than 500,000 customers, Allen Glassburn has been drawn to jobs that allow practical applications of knowledge. His electrical engineering technology degree, he says, offered him that opportunity.
He is responsible for financial planning for Indiana Michigan Power (I&M). In addition, he works closely with other organizations that are part of I&M’s parent company, American Electrical Power (AEP). Before joining I&M in 2004, Glassburn directed the financial performance and monitored non-financial performance criteria of AEP Energy Delivery.
From 1993 to 1996, he was president and chief operating officer of Kingsport Power, an AEP subsidiary in Kingsport, Tennessee. Prior to that, he served as region manager for I&M’s Muncie District and served as a director for Indiana Michigan Power Company. He also worked at the Donald C. Cook Nuclear Plant where his responsibilities included checking out the plant’s electric systems during construction.
Glassburn has served as a board member of his local chambers of commerce, Habitat for Humanity, Junior Achievement, and for the Mental Health Association of East Central Indiana.
Glassburn and his wife, Marcia, reside in Fort Wayne, Indiana. They have three grown children.
This was originally written for the Distinguished Technology Alumni Awards in 2008.