A longtime member of the Northeast Community College Board of Governors has announced he is leaving the board. Larry Poessnecker submitted his letter of resignation during the board’s monthly meeting in Norfolk on Thursday.
“Serving on the Board of Governors has been a very memorable experience for me,“ Poessnecker said. “I think back when I was first appointed to the board and how the college has gone from the simple to the complex.”
Poessnecker has served on the Northeast Board of Governors, representing District II of Keya Paha, Brown, Rock, Boyd, Holt, and Knox counties in their entirety and a portion of Cedar County since 1989.
He has chaired every Board committee and served as Board chairperson in 1994, 2001 and 2010. He was board vice-chairperson in 1993, 2000 and 2009. Poessnecker has also attended the American Association of Community College Trustees and American Association of Community Colleges meetings in Washington, D.C., on behalf of Northeast.
Dr. Michael Chipps, Northeast president, said Poessnecker has been a hard working board member for over two decades. “Mr. Poessnecker has been a committed member of the board. He has understood the philosophy of the community college system and its work as it relates in developing a skilled workforce for the Northeast’s 20 county service area and beyond.
In his 26-years of service, he has been an integral part in the growth and advancement of Northeast Community College from a small rural institution to a world class community college. He will certainly be missed.”
A graduate of Norfolk Junior College with an associate’s degree, Poessnecker also has a bachelor of science degree from Peru State College and a master’s degree in educational psychology from Kearney State College.
He is a former public school teacher, counselor, elementary school principal, and Northeast Community College adult education coordinator. A successful agriculture producer, Poessnecker was honored in 1995 with Northeast’s Distinguished Alumni Award and in 1994 was inducted into the Northeast Alumni Hall of Success.
He has also been active in the Nebraska Personnel and Guidance Association, Nebraska Corn Growers Association, St. John’s Lutheran Church Council, and West Holt High School Self-Evaluation.
Poessnecker said, “We have an outstanding college, president and Board of Governors at Northeast. It makes it very easy to end my active time at the college knowing there are very capable people to carry on.”
His resignation is effective June 1.