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Gerald Iwan, Ph.D.
Director of West Virginia University's National Environmental Services Center

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Gerald R. Iwan, director of West Virginia University's National Environmental Services Center (NESC), comes to NESC from Connecticut, where he was chief of the Water Supplies Section of the Department of Health. He has also worked in environmental protection in New York and has served in a leadership capacity in several national organizations dealing with water and the environment. Iwan holds a Ph.D. in biology from Fordham University and has been a state water regulator with more than 30 years experience.

Security issues are a priority with Iwan. "Security is just one of the many issues facing systems both large and small. Given economies of scale, small communities will incur a disproportionate set of problems in addressing new regulatory and technological requirements, as well as security and associated resiliency issues. Fortunately NESC will be there to assist. I am looking forward to identifying partners to work with NESC in continuing and enhancing our long and highly regarded tradition of education and service to the water and wastewater industries."

Iwan continues NESC's long and highly regarded tradition of education and service to the water, waste, and wastewater sectors "The next few years are going to be exciting, considering population growth, public health, climate, economy, security, and social restructuring. The need for reliable infrastructure, safe, sustainable drinking water resources; and sound waste and wastewater management systems and practices will become even more apparent as we wrestle with these and other emerging issues," Iwan said.

"Given economies of scale," he continued, "small communities will incur a disproportionate set of problems in addressing new regulatory and technological requirements. Fortunately, NESC will be there to assist. I am looking forward to working with staff and our partners and our small communities in what I anticipate to be some very challenging and rewarding projects."