by jamesc 12/13/2013 9:41:06 AM --
SOUTH SIOUX CITY – A Northeast Nebraska auto dealer and an advocate for education is one of the newest members of the Northeast Community College Board of Governors. Arlan Kuehn of South Sioux City succeeded long-time board member Van Phillips of South Sioux City. Phillips stepped down earlier this year after an unsuccessful run for a seat in the Nebraska Legislature.
“Van has been a very good friend of mine. When he asked me to run for his seat, I was very honored,” Kuehn said. “I decided to run for the position because I strongly believe in community colleges and all the good work they do.”
Kuehn began his career in auto sales in 1970 when he started working for a new car dealership. In 1999, he started his own dealership, Kuehn Auto Sales. Two years later, his son joined him in the dealership which employs ten people.
Kuehn is active in the auto industry, serving on a number of boards and commissions. He is president-elect of the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association (NIADA) and will lead the 15,000 member organization in 2014. Kuehn was the first, two-term president of the NIADA (1988-89) and served on the association’s board of directors.
He has been appointed to the National Legal and Legislative Committee to the National Independent Automobile Association NIADA. He was Nebraska’s first “Certified Master Dealer” and has served on the Lincoln-Mercury Dealer Council and was the first Lincoln-Mercury dealer to serve on the Ford Consumer Appeals Board. He was also presented a Quality Dealer Award in 2009.
Kuehn has also been involved and recognized for his civic involvement in the South Sioux City area. He is presently a member of the South Sioux City Planning and Zoning Commission. He is also a past chairman of the South Sioux City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; and has served on the Chamber’s Legislative Commission.
Kuehn is the recipient of the Outstanding Citizenship Award from St. Michael’s Catholic Church in South Sioux City, and has served on the church’s board of trustees and on the St. Michael’s Board of Education.
He and his wife, Jean, have two children, David and Dan.
Kuehn said he has enjoyed his time on the Board of Governors. “I take pleasure in working with students and finding out about their life goals. Student success is the number one goal of the Northeast Board of Governors. As a member of the board, I want to make sure our students get a great education or the training they need to be successful in the workforce.”
Arlen Kuehn (left) listens to John Knapp, Northeast Community College welding instructor, talk about the program during a recent tour by the College’s board of governors. Kuehn, of South Sioux City, succeed longtime board member Van Phillips earlier this year.