In 1995, The University of Alabama College of Engineering began an annual tradition of recognizing an alumnus who provides excellent volunteer assistance to the College as the Outstanding Alumni Volunteer. The 2020-2021 Outstanding Alumni Volunteer award recipient is J. Gaston Large III.
Large has demonstrated consistent loyalty to the College. Since 2004, he has served on the Capstone Engineering Society Board of Directors. He was chair of the CES Golf Tournament in 2019, and in March 2021, Large was voted chair-elect of the CES Board of Directors.
Recently, he served on the dean’s ad hoc committee that developed a strategy for increasing enrollment and retention of underrepresented populations in the College of Engineering. Large is also an alumni mentor in the Mentor UPP: Undergraduate Professional Partnering program and participates in the CES networking receptions.
He graduated from UA in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering with a concentration in computer engineering and minors in criminal justice and computer science. In 2008, he received his MBA from the executive program at Auburn University with a concentration in technology management and also holds a Six Sigma Green Belt Certification.
Large has spent his entire career with Alabama Power. Since March 2019, he has worked as distribution engineering supervisor in Haleyville. In this role, he manages operations including system improvements, installations, reliability, engineering and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers crew personnel. He also dispatches crews and evaluators for storm restorations.
Previously, Large worked with Alabama Power Company in Tuscaloosa as a distribution support engineering supervisor, senior engineer, project engineer and distribution engineer from 2004-2019.
He is an advocate and mentor in Level Up 205, industry advisor for the Alabama Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program, board member for YMCA Tuscaloosa, advisory council member for YMCA Benjamin Barnes Branch, mentor at Central High School for Learning Engineering Applications and Principles, member of Western Employees Network and Learning Group, and also serves on the Business Office Management and Technology Technical Advisory Committee at Shelton State Community College.
Large is a 2015 Leadership Tuscaloosa graduate and a 2018 Alabama Power Company Leadership Development Program graduate. He is a past chapter president of the National Society of Black Engineers and served as an Ambassador to the College of Engineering while at UA. Large was named the 2016 Omega Man of the Year from the Alpha Tau chapter of Omega Psi Phi and the UA National Alumni Association named him an Outstanding Alumni Association Recipient in 2004.
An Oneonta native, Large and his wife, Khristy, live in Haleyville with their daughters, Ava and Addison.