Charles McElroy is a 1974 graduate of Central High. He has a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an MBA from Washington University. He lives in Alpharetta, GA.
Chuck is a senior vice president of operations for Charter Communication's Southeast division, with responsibility for all Charter operations in that division. The division encompasses 1.7 million customers in six states, including Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and western North Carolina. He joined Charter in his current capacity in March 2003.
He has 25 years' experience in the telecommunications industry. Before joining Charter, Chuck served as vice president and general manager of Cox Business Services, a unit of Cox Communications, Inc. There, he oversaw the operation that provides voice, data and video services to commercial customers. He was recruited to Cox to pioneer and build a communications business over that company's cable network from SBC Communications, where he held various operations, strategic planning, marketing, and financial performance positions from 1978 to 1994.
In 1997 Chuck was named one of the top 20 most influential rising executives in the cable industry by Cable World magazine. He is an advisory board member of the Philadelphia-based venture capital firm EnerTech Capital Partners.
Chuck has also taken on leadership roles in giving back to his community. He was the chairman and president of the United Cerebral Palsy Association of St. Louis and was a JC Penney Award finalist for the nation's most outstanding volunteer. He has also taken leadership roles in his church and youth athletics.
The Mid-America Music Association awarded him with the Outstanding Performer Award for his performance on the organ and Dale Carnegie Communications named him most outstanding speaker. He wrote a children's book titled The Secret of the Sad Kingdom and has composed more than 50 original songs.