Columbus – Effective May 1, Tom Kent will become Nebraska Public Power District’s Chief Operating Officer. Kent steps into the spot vacated by Pat Pope when Pope was promoted to NPPD’s president & CEO on April 15. Kent is currently serving as transmission and distribution manager, a position he has held since April 2008.
A 21-year veteran with NPPD, Kent began his career as an environmental qualification coordinator at Cooper Nuclear Station in 1990. In 1994 he transferred to NPPD’s Retail Division as a district manager. He became a regional manager in 1996.
Kent was selected as the District’s retail customer care manager in 1999, and in 2001 he was appointed as NPPD’s first chief information officer. Kent was named corporate planning and risk manager in 2006 and was responsible for overseeing completion of NPPD’s Integrated Resource Plan.
“Tom is currently responsible for the overall management and oversight of NPPD’s transmission and distribution assets,” Pope said. “He does a great job, and I have every confidence he has the qualifications and ability to serve NPPD and our customers well in this new role.”
Kent holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He also spent four years on active duty as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy. His salary is currently being negotiated. Kent and his wife, Dacia, live in Columbus. They have two children.