Aurora Man Appointed To State Board Of Education

LINCOLN, NE (December 23, 2021)  – Governor Pete Ricketts today announced the appointment of Kirk Penner of Aurora to the Nebraska State Board of Education – District 5.  Penner has 16 years of prior experience on the Aurora Public Schools Board of Education.  He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Nebraska Wesleyan University.

 Penner is President of Penner Patient Care, which distributes bathing systems to long-term care facilities.  He’s also President of Penner Manufacturing, which makes and assembles bathing systems in its Aurora facility for use in both the healthcare industry and residential settings. 

Penner is active in his community as President of the Aurora Development Corporation (ADC).  ADC recruits businesses to Aurora and encourages investment in Hamilton County.

“The Department of Education welcomes Mr. Penner to fill the important role of a state board member,” said Commissioner Matthew Blomstedt. “Like each board member, his experiences, perspectives, and representation of District 5 will be a value to the Constitutional work of the Department.  I appreciate his willingness to serve in this role and look forward to working with him in this capacity.”

Penner is being appointed to the State Board of Education, District 5, to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Patricia Timm.   He will serve the remainder of the unexpired term for District 5, which runs through January 4, 2023.  The next election for District 5 will take place in November 2022.  A map of District 5 is available by clicking here.

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