Gene Koontz '75 was recently elected the American Water Works Association (AWWA) next president by the AWWA Board of Directors. Koontz begins his role as president-elect in June 2014, at the conclusion of AWWA's Annual Conference and Exposition in Boston, Mass. He will serve his one-year presidential term beginning in June of 2015.
AWWA is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water. With approximately 50,000 members, AWWA provides solutions to improve public health, protect the environment, strengthen the economy and enhance quality of life.
Koontz has been an AWWA member since 1982 and oversees environmental services for Gannett Fleming Inc., a global infrastructure firm that provides planning, design, technology and construction management services for a diverse range of markets and disciplines. He has served as an active volunteer and leader within the AWWA Pennsylvania Section as well as on the broader Association level.
A civil engineering graduate from Lehigh University, Koontz has held many leadership positions within the Pennsylvania Section, including Section Chair, Chair of the Water Quality Committee, member of the Water Utility Council, and Chair of the Program Committee. In 2009, he also received AWWA's George Warren Fuller Award for distinguished service to the water supply field.