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NYC Environmental Protection Deputy Commissioner Paul Rush to Speak at Moravian

The New York City Water Supply System the focus of first ODK Leadership Lecture Series

Paul RushBethlehem, Pa., November 27, 2012– Paul V. Rush, P.E., deputy commissioner at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Water Supply will present a talk to students at Moravian College on Thursday, November 29 at 7 p.m. in the Haupert Union Building, UBC Room. The public is welcome to attend and admission is free of charge. To register, contact Katie Dantsin by email at kdantsin@moravian.edu or call 610-861-1498.

Rush will be introduced by Michael O’Gorman ’13, president of Omicron Delta Kappa Circle at Moravian which, along with Center for Leadership and Service, and the SUSTAINABILITY | IN FOCUS, is sponsoring the event. This talk is the first in the ODK Leadership Speaker Series. Rush will discuss the New York City water system and his career experiences in various leadership positions within the agency.

Rush serves as deputy commissioner for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Bureau of Water Supply and is responsible for operating New York City’s upstate water supply system that delivers more than 1.1 billion gallons of water daily to more than eight million residents of New York City and one million more in four upstate counties. His responsibilities include source water protection, infrastructure maintenance and operation north of New York City and ensuring drinking water quality throughout the entire system that includes the 2,000 square mile watershed and the city itself. Mr. Rush was appointed deputy commissioner in 2006 and has worked for DEP since 1992. Prior to his employment with New York City he served on active duty in the Army as an engineer officer.

Rush holds a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Michigan Technological University and Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the United States Military Academy. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of New York.

Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Anyone who anticipates needing any type of accommodation or who has questions about the physical access provided should contact Kathi Roman at Katro@moravian.edu or 610-625-7880.

Moravian College’s Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), is part of a national leadership honor society with chapters called circles, ODK membership is limited to juniors and seniors who have demonstrated high academic achievement, leadership in campus activities and organizations, and service to College and community. The Moravian College Circle of ODK also sponsors lectures and service projects and recognizes the academic achievement and leadership of Moravian students.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pa. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America’s sixth-oldest college. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their futures. Visit the College’s Web site at www.moravian.edu.