Columbus, Neb.- Nebraska Public Power District’s Board of Directors Thursday approved the appointment of Ken Higginbotham as Vice-President Nuclear and Chief Nuclear Officer at Cooper Nuclear Station, replacing Oscar Limpias, who is leaving to take a senior management position with Entergy.
Higginbotham will assume his new position on January 1, 2017.
“Maintaining the consistent management model Entergy has provided NPPD since our contract began is important,” President and CEO Pat Pope said in recommending Higginbotham, who has 25 years of experience in the nuclear power industry with Entergy, for the position. “Ken has spent the past four years serving as general manager at Cooper Nuclear Station so he understands the expectations NPPD has. Under his leadership, NPPD will continue the many initiatives that are in place without interruption that have been positive for Cooper and NPPD the past several years.”
Limpias has accepted the position of Vice-President of Nuclear Oversight with Entergy, effective before the end of the year. In his new role, he will be responsible for evaluating and monitoring the performance across Entergy’s nuclear fleet, including the implementation of Entergy’s Nuclear Sustainability Plan to achieve and sustain excellent performance.
“Oscar has repeatedly shared his appreciation for Cooper and its employees, as well as the satisfaction he has had in watching the plant achieve as much as it has over the past four years,” said Pope concerning Limpias’ leadership at CNS. “This decision was an extremely difficult one for him; yet, the opportunity to serve in a senior leadership role for Entergy is one he has wanted and cannot refuse.”
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to lead such a talented and dedicated team,” said Higginbotham. “I look forward to my expanded role with Cooper and the District. Cooper is one of the best performing plants in the country, and I’m excited for the chance to lead the station to new levels of success.”
Higginbotham has worked in the nuclear power industry in numerous positions the past 25 years with Entergy at the company’s River Bend Station in Louisiana and at the Grand Gulf Nuclear Station in Mississippi. A veteran of the United States Navy, he has worked various positions within the Navy’s nuclear fleet.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nuclear science and engineering and a Master of Science degree in management from the University of Maryland University College.