Stuart Lowry picked to head Sunflower Electric
Valley Falls native Stuart Lowry has been named Sunflower Electric Power Corporation’s next president and chief executive officer.
Lowry, 51, will begin his tenure Aug. 15 to succeed L. Earl Watkins Jr., Sunflower’s current president and CEO, upon his retirement. Lowry is the fifth person to lead Sunflower since it was formed in 1957.
Since 2004, Lowry has served as executive vice president and general counsel of Kansas Electric Cooperatives Inc. He has guided the statewide organization through a wide range of legal, legislative and regulatory activities at the state and national levels.
Lowry also served on the Kansas Energy Council, the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation Integrity Fund Committee, and the Kansas Energy and Environmental Policy Advisory Group.
Loren Ochs, Sunflower’s board chairman, said that the Sunflower board unanimously selected Lowry following a national search conducted by Carol Langley of Denver-based Langley & Associates Inc.
“Stuart’s cooperative background and industry experience, along with his personal traits that reflect Sunflower’s culture, make him an outstanding choice for this position,” Ochs said, “Stuart is a trusted and well-respected leader, and we know that under his direction we will continue our mission of serving our members with reliable energy at the lowest possible cost.”
Lowry was raised in Valley Falls and is a graduate of the University of Kansas and Washburn University School of Law. Prior to his tenure at KEC, he was a partner in the law firm of Lowry and Johnson in Valley Falls, where he served as counsel to KEC member systems on many issues facing electric cooperatives in Kansas, including Kansas Corporation Commission proceedings, bylaw revisions, and development of service rules and regulations for deregulated cooperatives.
He is a second generation electric cooperative attorney. His father, Gordon Lowry, started representing cooperatives more than 50 years ago.
Lowry and his wife, Lauren, have three children.
(Most of this story reprinted from Kansas Electric Cooperatives newsletter.)
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