AWWA announces president-elect, four new vice-presidents

The Board of Directors of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) has announced its next president-elect will be Craig Woolard, treatment division director of the Anchorage (Alaska) Water and Wastewater Utility. Woolard will assume his new position at AWWA's Annual Conference & Exposition (ACE08) in Atlanta, Georgia in June 2008. The AWWA Board of Directors also elected four new vice-presidents: Dee Bennett, Dean Fritzke, Juan Carlos Perez Bofill, and Jeff Zdrojewski...

DENVER, CO, Jan. 29, 2008 -- The Board of Directors of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), the authoritative resource on safe water, today announced its next president-elect will be Craig Woolard, treatment division director of the Anchorage (Alaska) Water and Wastewater Utility. Woolard will assume his new position at AWWA's Annual Conference & Exposition (ACE08) in Atlanta, Georgia in June 2008.

An AWWA member since 1995, Woolard is an AWWA vice-president and member of the board of directors and has served on the Credentialing, Camp Scholarship, Publications Award, Young Professionals, and Strategic Planning committees and was the liaison officer to the Administration and Policy Council. He also has served as section chair and chair of the annual conference and the research and development committees for the Alaska Section. In 1997, he was named Section Volunteer of the Year, and he received the AWWA Fuller Award in 2003.

Woolard has undertaken a variety of roles in the water industry. He has worked as a consultant, civil engineering professor and department chair, and associate dean of research and graduate studies for the University of Alaska Anchorage engineering program before joining the Anchorage utility. He earned a B.S. in civil engineering from Montana State University and a PhD from the University of Notre Dame. Woolard did postdoctoral research at the Institute for Water Quality and Waste Management at the Technical University of Munich, Germany. He has also completed the University of North Carolina's Water and Wastewater Leadership Center program.

The AWWA Board of Directors also elected four new vice-presidents:
• Dee Bennett, an engineering operations manger for the city of Columbia, S.C.,
• Dean Fritzke, a water quality coordinator for the Tualatin Water District in Beaverton, OR,
• Juan Carlos Perez Bofill, compliance director for the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority, and
• Jeff Zdrojewski, a senior associate with Malcolm Pirnie in New York.

Additionally, the board elected two new directors-at-large. Dan Duchniak is general manager of the Waukesha (WI) Water Utility, and Joel Neulight is the northeast regional sales manager for Severn Trent Services. The vice-presidents and directors also will take office at ACE08 in Atlanta.

AWWA is the authoritative resource for knowledge, information, and advocacy to improve the quality and supply of water in North America and beyond.

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