Michael D. Bakewell holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette, a Master of Business Administration degree from Tulane University, and a Master of Arts in Sociology from Sam Houston State University. In 1982, Bakewell joined the Entergy Corporation, holding positions of increasing responsibility within its fossil organization, such as an assistant plant manager, director of fossil plant support, director of total quality, General Manager of Nine mile Point plant in New Orleans, Coordinator of plant operations' Best-In-Class effort, Director of Entergy's Western region fossil plants, and Senior Vice President of Fossil Operations and Supply Chain, until he retired from Entergy.
Beyond serving in a multitude of other leadership positions within Entergy, Bakewell is highly involved with a number of outside organizations. For instance, Bakewell serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies. Additionally, he is also a member of the St. Vincent dePaul Society, an international charitable society with over 4,500 active conferences in the United States and about 70,000 active members. Finally, Bakewell has remained active at Sam Houston by serving on the Alumni Board of Directors 01/01/14-12/31/15 and, establishing and supporting the Ruth DeBlanc Endowed Scholarship in sociology, and naming three gardens in the CHSS Outdoor Plaza.