Don E. Paull
The North Platte Public School Foundation, in conjunction with the North Platte High School, announced 2017 NPHS Distinguished Alumni on Thursday.A committee of foundation directors, NPHS administrators, NPHS alumni and community members began the selection process in November, said foundation Executive Director Jodi Howard.
The committee takes nominations year round. These outstanding alumni of NPHS will be honored in North Platte on Friday, April 7, at Harbor Lights as part of the Foundation's Education After Hour, Howard said.
The distinguished alumni:
Dr. Kimberly Krull (Class of 1973)
Accomplishments in Education
After high school, Krull went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology in 1977 and a Master’s of Science in 1979 from the University of Nebraska.
After focusing on science pursuits, she discovered that education was her calling, Howard said.
She earned a M.S. in Education/Community Counseling at the University of Nebraska-Kearney and a PhD in Human Resource Studies / Community College Leadership at Colorado State University.
She has been a teacher at Mid-Plains Community College, as well as Assistant Professor / Associate Professor for the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis.
In 2005, she became the vice president for Academic Affairs at Cloud County Community College where she remained until 2013 when she became the president at Butler Community College in Eldorado, Kan.
Krull is described as an advocate for, and leader of, post-secondary education throughout the Midwest.
She was nominated by Holly Andrews.
Don E. Paull (Class of 1942)
Accomplishments in business
After graduation Paull went on to serve in the U.S. Navy from 1943-46. He was a ship fitter - first class in San Diego and served as a Navy swimming instructor. He became a second generation journeyman plumber at age 21 and received a California State contracting license. He became a master plumber at age 28.
Don successfully owned and operated Don Paull Plumbing and Heating with wife Barbara for 35 years, until his retirement in 1987. He was the national president of the National Plumbing Heating Contractors. Paull also served as one of 25 plumbing contractors in the nation to travel with People to People to meet internationally with their top officials in both China and Russia.
Paull passed away in May 2003 and is being honored posthumously.
Don Paull was nominated by his son, Dr. Benjamin V. Paull.
Jay Wilkinson (Class of 1983)
Accomplishments in business and humanitarian pursuits
Jay graduated in 1983 and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as well as a Masters in Entrepreneurial Leadership from MIT.
Wilkinson started eight businesses before graduating from college.
He is the founder and CEO of Firespring—one the world’s leading providers of websites and marketing tools to non-profit organizations and was ranked No. 2 in Quick Printing Magazines Top 100 Printing companies in the U.S. in 2016.
In 2014, Wilkinson led his company to become Nebraska’s first certified B Corporation. Firespring also donated more than $1 million to local non-profits. His employees logged more than 10,000 hours of volunteering in the community, off the clock.
Wilkinson is a sought-after speaker and is considered a leading authority on the impact of marketing for nonprofits.
He has been the recipient of several awards including the JohnLux Award and the Rick Alloway Builders Award. He is a founder of Nebraska Angels and the Launch Leadership foundation.
Tyler Tysdal, a 2016 Distinguished Alumni, nominated Wilkinson.
“Education after Hours” will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 7 at Harbor Lights, 711 N. Lake Road (south of North Platte, just off U.S. Highway 83 near scenic Lake Maloney)
The foundation will honor the 2017 distinguished alumni and the 2016-17 teachers of the year, administrator of the year and staff member of the year.
“Education after Hours” is a casual evening to celebrate public education in North Platte.
For ticket info, contact the North Platte Public Schools foundation at (308) 696-3325 or the website, www.nppsf.org.