Heartland Rural Electric’s Mark Scheibe Joins NRTC Board

Randy Sukow

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Effective Jan. 13, Mark Scheibe, CEO of Heartland Rural Electric Cooperative in Girard, KS, has filled the vacant District 7 electric-industry seat on the NRTC Board of Directors. The board considered several cooperative leaders and conducted interviews prior to the vote. His term continues until March 2025, when the seat will again be up for election. 

The District 7 position opened in 2021 upon the retirement of Dale Short as CEO of Butler Rural Electric Cooperative, but NRTC received no nominations for the seat prior to 2022 board elections.

“Mark’s track record of deploying technology to improve reliability, security, and efficiency of the electric grid is impressive,” said NRTC Board Chairman Tim Mergen, CEO and general manager, Meeker Cooperative Light & Power Association in Minnesota. “We look forward to his contributions to the Board as NRTC continues to drive technology innovation on behalf of its members.”

“I’m humbled by the opportunity to represent District 7’s electric cooperatives on the NRTC Board,” Scheibe said. “NRTC’s mission is critical, and I’ve seen the benefits of their member-focused solutions at both co-ops where I’ve worked. I’m excited to help guide, support, and enhance those solutions to benefit members.”

Scheibe is a licensed professional engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Iowa State University. Prior to coming to Heartland, Scheibe worked his way up from distribution engineer to director of Engineering for Maquoketa Valley Electric Cooperative in Anamosa, Iowa.

NRTC electric members will welcome three more new members at the NRTC Annual Meeting in Nashville, TN, March 5. Two incumbent telco board members are running unopposed in an election in February.

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