Hall of Fame 2016
Excell O. Ferrell III
Mr. Excell O. Ferrell, III was raised and attended public schools in Durham County. He entered the School of Engineering at NC State in the fall of 1962, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1966.
Upon graduation from NC State, Mr. Ferrell began his work career at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock for a brief period of time before entering the US Army. He served in the US Army from 1967 until 1969. In 1970 he began working with Duke Power Company. Over a 36-year career, he worked in various capacities and ultimately served as Senior Vice President of Electric Distribution from 1997 until 2003. After retirement from Duke Energy, Mr. Ferrell assumed the position of President and CEO of Grand Bahama Power Company, an investor owned electric utility serving Grand Bahama Island in the Bahamas. Mr. Ferrell retired from Grand Bahama Power Company in 2009.
During his career, Mr. Ferrell has been involved in a number of professional and civic organizations. Among those are Chairman Southeastern Electric Exchange Engineering and Operations committee member, Board of Directors Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, member of the NC State Alumni Board of Directors, a Board of Director and Past Chairman of the NC State Engineering Foundation, member North Carolina Environmental Management Commission and member Greensboro Rotary Club.
Mr. Ferrell married Paula Barnes of Jacksonville, NC in 1970. They have two children, Christopher Scott Ferrell and Elizabeth Blair Ferrell. Christopher is a 1997 NC State ECE graduate.