A North Platte man has received the 2016 Governor's Award from the Nebraska Community College Association.
Kent Miller was honored Nov. 7 during the NCCA's annual meeting in Kearney. He was recognized again Wednesday night in front of the Mid-Plains Community College Board of Governors.
Miller was chosen for the award based on his dedication to higher education - including that at Mid-Plains.
Miller was elected to the MPCC Board of Governors in 1975 and reelected in 1979, 1993, 1999, 2009 and this year – bringing his total years of service to 34.
Miller was also a founding member of the MPCC Foundation Board of Directors, serving as president from 1986-89.
He has served on the Board of Directors for the Nebraska Community College Association on three different occasions and has been the president of the association four times.
Miller is on the executive committee of the NCCA Board, which just found a replacement for outgoing NCCA executive director, Dennis Baack, in former senator Greg Adams.
Miller is currently a member of the Association of Community College Trustees Board of Directors. ACCT is a non-profit educational organization of governing boards, representing more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who govern over 1,200 community, technical and junior colleges in the U.S. and beyond.
Miller's commitment to learning is also exemplified by his service on the Nebraska Council of Public Higher Education and as part of Nebraska's Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education.
Miller has testified before the Nebraska Legislature on numerous occasions and has testified at House and Senate hearings at the national level.
He has attended the ACCT and American Community College Association joint National Legislative Seminar for over 20 years and has met with Nebraska's congressional delegation to present information about national community college priorities.
"We believe that Kent's contributions and service will deeply impact the West Central and Southwest Nebraska constituency and service area for generations," reads his nomination letter submitted by MPCC cabinet members.
On a personal level, Miller, a lifelong resident of Nebraska, graduated from North Platte High School in 1966. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree from UNL in 1971 and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering degree, with a focus on structures and water, from UNL in 1972.
In 1973, he became the first general manager of the Twin Platte Natural Resources District – a position he retains today.
His service isn't entirely work and education-related, however. Miller also gives back to his community as a member of the North Platte Area Economic Development Task Force and as an elder for the Presbyterian Church.