With the recent retirement of Alan “Lanny” Hurlbert as North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) vice president for education, Dennis Plubell has been selected to fill this important role for Northwest schools.
Plubell returns to the NPUC, where he served as Hurlbert’s associate for secondary education from 1997–2007. Since then he has worked as the director of secondary education and accreditation for the North American Division. Plubell holds a Master of Arts in teaching from Pacific Union College in Angwin, Calif., and also an additional professional degree in educational administration and leadership from La Sierra University in Riverside, Calif. His 14 years of experience in secondary teaching and administration along with two decades of conference, union and division leadership equips him well for his new NPUC role. His wife, Barbara, is the principal of Portland Adventist Elementary School in Portland, Ore.
Hurlbert leaves for retirement following more than two decades of educational leadership with the NPUC. He began as associate director of education in 1991, stepping into the director role in 1996 after the unexpected death of former director Don Keele. Before coming to the NPUC, Hurlbert served as principal of Walla Walla Valley Academy in College Place, Wash., and Garden State Academy in New Jersey. He also taught at Shenandoah Valley Academy in Virginia and South Lancaster Academy in Massachusetts. He and his wife, Duska, will be enjoying a well-earned retirement.