Kenneth Mutscher, Vice Chairman
District 7: Washington County

Chair of the Board’s Employee Services Committee; member of Technology committee; ex-officio member of Audit & Finance, Energy Services, Member Experience and Legal & Governance committees.

Kenneth Mutscher owned his own financial services business in downtown Brenham, but is now retired. He's quick to point out his humble beginnings. His dad, who died in 2011 at age 101, was a sharecropper. His mother is in her 90s. His father's good work ethic played a part in Kenneth always having some kind of job.

As a student, he cleaned the classroom in the afternoons at the Grace Lutheran School, which he attended for eight years. Later, he worked for a local furniture store with his dad and was paid half time. Kenneth also picked cotton in the summers with his cousins and helped direct younger kids cleaning the football stadium on Saturday mornings following his Friday night games.

Sports always had an important role in his life. In addition to football, Kenneth lettered in baseball, basketball and track while at Brenham High School before graduating in 1961. As a child, he played on one of the teams that started Little League in Brenham. Later, he attended Blinn College for two years on a baseball scholarship and played on Blinn's first team to make it to the National Junior College Tournament in Colorado. As an adult, he coached and managed Little League teams and served on their local board of directors.

From Blinn, he transferred to the University of Texas in Austin, where he had always planned to attend. He graduated from UT with a degree in business administration in 1965. While attending UT, Kenneth worked for the Texas Senate's sergeant-at-arms during one legislative session. Upon graduation, he spent one year working for Houston Lighting and Power's payroll department — thereby earning his first experience with the utility business —before moving back to Brenham to start an 11-year career as an investigator for the Texas State Board of Pharmacy.

In that job, he traveled all over the state working with federal, state, and local law enforcement. Kenneth also served for eight years in the National Guard and attained the rank of lieutenant, a commissioned officer.

He met his future wife, Sarita, on a blind date to the Texas-Arkansas football game. They married in 1971. Four years later, around the time his son, Kevin, was born, Kenneth decided to make a career change that would allow him to spend more time with his family, and that's when he formed his own business.

Kenneth also began getting more involved with his community. He has served as president of the Noon Lions in Brenham and as a director with the United Way. He has always been active in his church, Grace Lutheran, and has served in many capacities. He also served as an organizing member of the Bluebonnet Beef Breeders Association of Washington County, is a director on the Blinn College Foundation Board and is on a committee for the Washington County Fair.

In 1998, he became a member of Bluebonnet's Board of Directors and was secretary/treasurer from 2012 to 2014. In June 2014, Kenneth was elected vice chairman. His background knowledge in pensions, health insurance and auditing instantly made him a valuable member of the board.

"I feel that I bring a variety of experience to the board, and I represent the member-owner and have a responsibility to provide the best service at the lowest possible cost," Kenneth said. "As a board, if we set good policies and employ the best people, it is a win-win situation for our members."

Kenneth became the first from Bluebonnet to obtain the Credentialed Cooperative Director status by completing a five-course program designed to provide an understanding and knowledge of responsibilities in and out of the board room in order to make informed and prudent decisions. He also completed the NRECA Board Leadership Program.

Kenneth knows today's electric utility environment imposes new demands on directors, particularly with increased knowledge of changes in the electric utility business, new governance skills and in upholding the unique business model that distinguishes electric cooperatives from other utilities. As decision-makers, the board works with Bluebonnet's management and key staff to set policies and develop strategies to keep the co-op on track. And the board's oversight function requires them to closely monitor the co-op's business performance.

"It's not always easy, in that you have to balance the budget and take care of a very well-trained and dedicated group of employees who make us one of the best co-ops, if not the best," he said. "Bluebonnet will only be as good as its employees. So we give them the tools and means to make the job easier and the training to make them better."

Kenneth raises registered Brangus cattle and has many hobbies, including golf, fishing, hunting and traveling. Some of his favorite destinations include New York City, Boston and Seattle. The Mutscher's son, Kevin, is an attorney in Brenham. Kevin and his wife, Renee, have a son, Kaden.

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