NPPD President Appoints New Vice President of Customer Service and External Affairs | New

COLUMBUS — Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) President and CEO Tom Kent recently announced changes to two district leadership positions.

As current Vice President of Client Services and Chief Client Officer Ken Curry transitions into retirement, he will serve as Special Assistant to the President and CEO.

While Courtney Dentlinger has been appointed by Kent, to serve as Vice President of Customer Service and External Affairs and Chief Customer Officer, effective September 1.

Curry has served the district for more than 30 years, having been named vice president of customer services in 2011, and in 2016 his role was expanded to include safety, human resources, diversity and safety. ‘inclusion.

In 2020, Ken was named Vice President of Client Services and Chief Client Officer. “Ken has been an integral part of the NPPD for decades and his impact as a leader in the district will be missed.

“In addition to his service to the NPPD, he had a great impact in the many community organizations he served, such as Boy Scouts, the Chamber of Commerce and the Columbus Public School Board Member for a decade. , and currently serves as commissioner for the Nebraska Game and Parks, to name a few,” Kent notes.

“As he prepares to retire, he will support Courtney’s transition to vice president and work on several projects that will help us stay focused on operational excellence as an organization going from strength to strength. ‘before.”

Dentlinger has been with NPPD since 2017, most recently serving as Director of Wholesale Services and External Affairs prior to her appointment as Vice President. “Courtney brings a wealth of experience in multiple areas. She is a sincere believer in the state’s public energy model, excels at building partnerships, and brings a fresh perspective to our industry at a time of incredible change,” notes Kent.

Dentlinger has nearly two decades of experience in economic development, government relations, communications, and legal and policy analysis. A native of Battle Creek, Dentlinger earned a bachelor’s degree in political science, international studies, and Spanish from Wayne State College, and a doctorate in law from George Washington University in Washington, DC.

She has worked in the US Senate, lobbied federally, served on the administration of Northeast Community College, and headed Nebraska’s Department of Economic Development.

Shirlene J. Manley