Campbell, Scott announced as Southern Pioneer Electric CEO, Assistant CEO

The Southern Pioneer Electric Board of Directors voted to instate Lindsay Campbell and Chantry Scott in their respective roles as CEO and Assistant CEO of Southern Pioneer Electric. The announcement follows the news of former Southern Pioneer Electric CEO Steve Epperson being selected as president and CEO of Sunflower Electric Power Corporation (Sunflower) beginning immediately Epperson has served as Interim CEO of Sunflower since the summer of 2023.

“Our congratulations to Steve,” said Campbell. “We thank him for his years of dedication to Southern Pioneer Electric and its consumers; we know he will lead Sunflower with the same commitment to service demonstrated within our utility.”

Campbell and Scott have served in their roles over the past months and look forward to continuing their work.

“We are going to continue serving our consumers with the same dedication to provide reliable and safe power,” said Campbell. “I look forward to stepping into this role and being a part of the future at Southern Pioneer Electric.”

Southern Pioneer Electric Scholarships Available

Southern Pioneer Electric’s 2024 Scholarship applications are open to eligible high school seniors. The general scholarship fund will award $22,000 in scholarships to 2024 graduates. Power Line Technology scholarships ($3,000) are also available to seniors considering a career in power line technology.

To apply, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Attend a post-secondary education institution (in person or online) during the fall 2024 semester.
  • Be a 2024 high school graduate and reside within the district of one of the following schools:
    • Ashland
    • Cunningham
    • Kiowa County
    • Kiowa South Barber
    • Liberal
    • Medicine Lodge
    • Minneola
    • Satanta
    • Skyline
    • South Central
    • Southwestern Heights
    • Sublette

Students must complete the online application in its entirety and provide:

  • A one-page resume stating the student’s future plans, activities participated in while in high school,
    accomplishments and honors received, community involvement and employment experience. Please do not include references.
  • A seventh-semester transcript (official or certified copy) from the applicant’s high school.
    • Transcripts may be submitted via mail or emailed.
      • MAIL: Official transcripts may be mailed to:
        • Southern Pioneer Electric Scholarship Program
          c/o Ruby Terrazas
          PO Box 1177
          Liberal, KS  67901
        • EMAIL: Transcripts may also be emailed to Transcripts submitted via email will only be accepted if sent by a staff member of the student’s school (counselor, office secretary, or principal)

THE DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR EITHER SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM IS MARCH 6 AT NOON. Students must ensure that all materials have been submitted by the deadline in order for their application to be considered. Applications are available on Southern Pioneer Electric’s website under the community tab.

Questions regarding Southern Pioneer Electric’s scholarship program, eligibility or application my be directed to Ruby Terrazas, Energy Services Coordinator by calling 620-626-2321 or emailing

Southern Pioneer Electric Presents Crossroads Center, Inc. with $2,500 H.U.G.S. Grant

The Southern Pioneer Electric Helping Us Give to Society (H.U.G.S.) team presented Crossroads Center, Inc. in Liberal with a $2,500 grant on February 6. Funds from the grant will be put toward the center’s goal of purchasing a new tractor for its facility.

“Purchasing a new tractor will assist with maintenance of the grounds and care of the facilities, allowing us to decrease the time spent on the labor involved in running the center,” said Rena Cross, executive director for Crossroads Center, Inc. “We will be able to offer better care for our therapy horses and the grounds when classes are not in session.”

“Crossroads Center offers a wonderful service to Liberal and the surrounding areas,” said Ruby Terrazas, energy services coordinator for Southern Pioneer Electric. “The H.U.G.S. team is honored to be able to assist with their mission by providing this grant.”