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DRAPER ELECTED AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER PRESIDENT, MEMBER OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 DRAPER ELECTED AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER PRESIDENT,
 MEMBER OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS
 COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- E. Linn Draper Jr. has been elected president of American Electric Power Company, Inc. (NYSE: AEP), and a member of its board of directors.
 The announcement was made by Richard E. Disbrow, AEP chairman and chief executive officer, following a special meeting of AEP's board of directors today. "We look forward to Dr. Draper joining us on March 1," Disbrow said.
 Draper is currently chairman, president and CEO of Gulf States Utilities Co. in Beaumont, Texas. He joined the utility in 1979 as technical assistant to the CEO and assumed his present duties in 1987. From 1969 to 1979, he taught nuclear engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He earned a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from Cornell University in 1970. He has bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees from Rice University in chemical engineering.
 "I am delighted to join AEP," Draper said. "It is a company with a long history of accomplishment in the industry and of service to its customers and shareholders. These are interesting and difficult times in our industry. I relish the opportunity to work with the board and the management at the AEP Service Corporation."
 Disbrow, who became chairman of AEP Jan. 1, 1992, said, "Dr. Draper is a proven executive who has led Gulf States out of a troubled period with solid results. We are pleased to have him join us."
 Draper, 49, is a former director of the Edison Electric Institute and a a past president of the American Nuclear Society. He and his wife, Debby, have four children.
 Gulf States generates, transmits and sells electricity to more than 570,000 customers in a 28,000-square-mile area that includes the northern suburbs of Houston, and Beaumont and Fort Arthur in Texas and Lake Charles and Baton Rouge in Louisiana. Revenues for 1990 were $1.7 billion; total kilowatt-hour sales were approximately 29 billion.
 American Electric Power Company, Inc. is the nation's second largest investor-owned electric utility, with more than $5 billion in annual revenues. The seven operating companies of the AEP System and its 23,000 employees serve seven million people in seven states. Total kilowatt-hour sales for 1990 were approximately 119.5 billion.
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 /CONTACT: Luke M. Feck of the American Electric Power Co., 614-223-1650/
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