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 engineer at Cooper Nuclear Station, and he has served in many positions during his career. Kent serves on the Midwest Reliability Organization Board of Directors, where he is currently board chair, the Southwest Power Pool Members’ Committee, the RMEL Board of Directors, and the Mid-America Council Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors. He was appointed NPPD president and chief executive officer May 1, 2020.