Ulysses, Kan.—July 20, 2023— The Pioneer Electric Board of Trustees voted to instate Lindsay Campbell, Executive Vice President – Assistant Chief Executive Officer and General Counsel, as interim CEO for Southern Pioneer and Pioneer Electric. Steve Epperson, Southern Pioneer Electric & Pioneer Electric CEO, has been appointed to serve as interim president and CEO of Sunflower Electric Power Corp. Chantry Scott, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, was appointed to serve as the company’s interim Assistant CEO.
Campbell has served as the company’s General Counsel since her hire in 2014. In 2020, Campbell assumed the role of Assistant CEO.
Scott has served the company since 2011 as CFO. Scott was promoted to Executive Vice President in 2020.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to lead Pioneer Electric and Southern Pioneer during this transition,” Campbell said. “ Southern Pioneer will remain customer-focused, continuing forward with the progress Steve has made and our mission of providing safe and reliable electricity to the customers we serve.”
Epperson will replace Todd Hillman, who served as Sunflower’s president and CEO since January. Sunflower will begin a search for a new permanent successor as soon as possible.
Epperson has served as the CEO of Pioneer Electric Cooperative and Southern Pioneer Electric Company since 2011.
“I am honored to be chosen by my fellow Sunflower board members to lead Sunflower during this transition period,” Epperson said. “As always, our focus will be on taking care of our members and those they serve by supplying reliable energy at the lowest possible cost. The Sunflower board and staff remain committed to delivering excellent service and innovation our members and communities have come to expect from us.”
Southern Pioneer is a not-for-profit electric public utility and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pioneer Electric Cooperative, Inc. Southern Pioneer is headquartered in Ulysses, Kansas and has local offices in Liberal and Medicine Lodge, Kansas. Southern Pioneer Electric Company serves approximately 17,200 customers and operates in 10 counties and 34 communities. Southern Pioneer’s service territory stretches east from Liberal to Medicine Lodge and north to Kingman and back west to Greensburg, Kansas. Southern Pioneer is dedicated to providing customers with safe and reliable electric service.