Young Calls Kinnison 'Indispensable Man'

Dr. Paul Young said he thought of Tom Kinnison as “the indispensable man.”

Young, who's president of the Northern Wyoming Community College District – which includes Sheridan and Gillette colleges and the Johnson County campus – talked about Kinnison and his contributions to Sheridan College through Whitney Benefits in a recent interview with Sheridan Media.

Kinnison, who died on July 1, was president of the Whitney Benefits Foundation board of trustees, and Young said in the nearly decade that he's been president of the college district, Whitney Benefits has contributed over $70 million in direct support to Sheridan College.

Young said Kinnison was a student at Sheridan College for a brief time before transferring to another college in Billings and saw Sheridan College as a lever that could be used to move the Sheridan community forward.

Young said nobody loved the Sheridan community more than Kinnison did.

Young said Kinnison's vision was always for the natural centers of excellence for the college, what the college was doing and what the college could be doing better.

He said Kinnison was an incredible advocate and champion not only with Whitney Benefits but with the city, the state and others to try and provide resources. Young said Sheridan College's exceptional buildings, exceptional faculty and exceptional programs all have Kinnison's fingerprints on them.

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