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About NPPD President and CEO Tom Kent

Thomas J. Kent graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering in 1985 and a master’s degree in Business Administration in 2005. He completed the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) reactor technology course for utility executives at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Kent is a veteran of the United States Navy. He joined the District in May 1990 as an environmental qualification coordinator at Cooper Nuclear Station, and he has served in many positions during his more than 30-year career. Kent serves as a board of director for several energy- and community-related organizations, including the Nuclear Energy Institute, the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry, the Nebraska Power Association, the Mid-America Council - Boy Scouts of America, the Large Public Power Council, the American Public Power Council, and The Energy Authority as vice chair. He currently serves on the Southwest Power Pool Members Committee, and he is a certified high school football official in the state of Nebraska. He was appointed NPPD president and chief executive officer on May 1, 2020.