Dan Carson retired June 1, 2010 from Appalachian Power Company, a regional subsidiary of American Electric Power Company (AEP). Carson joined Appalachian Power in 1970 after graduating from Virginia Tech with a degree in civil engineering. He was appointed vice president of the company in 1992, and Virginia-Tennessee president in 1996. Carson earned a master of business administration degree in 1977 from Lynchburg College and a master of science in management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1982, following a year of study as an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow. Prior to his retirement, he was a registered professional engineer.
Carson served as chairman of the board of directors of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, chairman and director emeritus of the Western Virginia Foundation for the Arts and Sciences, and board chair for the Roanoke Valley Business Council, the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, and Roanoke Country Club.He also served in leadership capacities for the Virginia Manufacturers Association, the Virginia College Fund, the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges, and a number of Roanoke area organizations. Carson served as 2009 campaign chair for the Roanoke Valley United Way.
He is a member of the Virginia Tech College of Engineering’s “Committee of 100,” and in 2007 was inducted as a member of the Academy of Distinguished Alumni of the Via Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tech. He was inducted into the College’s Academy of Engineering Excellence in 2014.