Water & Wastewater Leadership Center Exceptional Executive Education Designed for Utility Leaders

April 28 - May 10, 2019 | UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, nc

Celebrating 17 years of executive education designed specifically for water and wastewater professionals - The Water & Wastewater Leadership Center is currently accepting applications for its 2019 class. Exceptional leadership is essential as water and wastewater utilities strive to thrive as utilities of the future.



The Water & Wastewater Leadership Center arms utility executives with the management and leadership skills they need to excel as they meet the challenges of today - and seize the opportunities of tomorrow.

How to Apply

The Leadership Center's curriculum is designed for current and up-and-coming water and wastewater utility CEOs, General Managers, Senior Managers, and Upper-Level Management - from both public and private utilities.

Paul J. Rizzo Conference Center

All classes are held in state-of-the-art facilities at the Paul J. Rizzo Conference Center’s Executive Education program at the Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.




This is an extremely valuable educational experience. All of the instructors are very knowledgeable, make the subject matter relevant to our everyday work, and push us to take a broader perspective. I will definitely encourage others from my organization to attend."

Laurie Pierce, 2018 Alumnus

Operations & Facilities Director, LOTT Clean Water Alliance, WA
Thoroughly enjoyed the two week training session covering everything from strategy, finance, technical advancements and organizational culture.  Getting to know and interact with the excellent instructors and fellow students was great."

Ronald D. Jacobsma, 2017 Alumnus

Assistant General Manager - Administration, Contra Costa Water District, CA
I would like to say that in my personal and professional academic experience, I had never been afforded the opportunity to be taught by such highly talented instructors. Although at times I felt tired, their subjects and specifically their delivery of curriculum kept me so engaged that hours felt like minutes. I cannot say enough about the NC staff, they have left me a changed professional for the better!"

Armando Lopez, 2017 Alumnus

Manager, Treatment and Disposal Services, Union Sanitary District, CA
My experience with this class was incredible! I honestly looked forward to each day as the teachers, material and group activities were all outstanding! The best part of the experience was the fact that all of the material was relevant and applicable for, not only my current, but future roles. I also truly appreciate and value the relationships that were built through this experience. Truly invaluable! I can’t wait to encourage others to participate in the future!"

Karen E. Ray, 2017 Alumnus

Assistant Public Utilities Director, City of Raleigh, NC
After twenty-seven years of professional conferences, seminars and executive leadership sessions, I thought I had experienced just about everything, well I was wrong. The Water & Wastewater Leadership proved that listening and learning is a lifelong adventure and when you have professionals with varied backgrounds it can make the learning fun and meaningful.”

Guy Boyle, Guy Boyle, 2016 Alumnus

Executive Vice President of Business Operations CFO, Macon Water Authority, GA
It was an honor to participate with fellow water and wastewater professionals in the 2016 Class of the Water & Wastewater Leadership Center. The instructors were wonderful and I was able to immediately implement the knowledge and skills that were obtained in the two week executive training program. As our industry and workforce changes, the tools provided will prove to be invaluable in leading innovation in the water quality field."

Christel Dyer, 2016 Alumnus

Senior Plant Manager, Hampton Roads Sanitation District, VA
Simply put, this is a World Class Leadership Program administered by World Class practitioners. Each session was engaging and I learned a great deal from my cohort of outstanding water and wastewater professionals. A significant value to me was gaining self-awareness about my leadership style. I am certain this will help me make major strides in the art of leading people."

Calvin D. Farr, Jr., P.E., 2016 Alumnus

Group Leader, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, MD
The Water & Wastewater Leadership Center provided me with broad exposure to a number of relevant disciplines taught by a top-notch, experienced faculty. The leadership skills and training this program provided are invaluable as we each return to our own utilities with a renewed sense of purpose and a deeper set of professional relationships. It is an excellent program and I highly recommend it to any aspiring or current leader in the water/wastewater industry."

Mark Kim, 2014 Alumnus

Chief Financial Officer, DC Water, DC
The Water & Wastewater Leadership Center clarified the significant differences between management and leadership – and provided me with many tools and a different perspective to make the most of the second half of my career."

James Wallace, 2013 Alumnus

Director of Water Services, Portland Water District, ME


For any questions regarding the Water and Wasterwater Leadership Center,
please contact the program administrator Bredy Trombino.