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Water Expert to Present Weis Lecture

March 6, 2008

SELINSGROVE, (Pa.) – Kathy Pape, president of Pennsylvania American Water, will present the annual Sigmund Weis Memorial Lecture at Susquehanna University March 12. Consistent with the 2007-08 university theme, “Water,” her address will explore the national and state water supply as well as future challenges and opportunities faced by water supply entities. The program, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. in Stretansky Concert Hall of the Cunningham Center for Music and Art.

American Water is the largest investor-owned water and wastewater utility company in the U.S., providing drinking water and other water-related services to more than 16 million people in 29 states. In her role, Pape leads customer, regulatory and local government relationships; drives operational and financial results; and is the principal external contact for American Water in Pennsylvania. She has more than 25 years of experience in the utility industry and is a nationally recognized expert on the water and wastewater industries.

Pape has served as senior vice president, treasurer and rate counsel for Aqua America Inc., with responsibility for the company's financing activities. She was previously employed by American Water as regional counsel and manager of finance, a position that included customer service responsibilities for 10 states. She also has worked as vice president and corporate counsel for General Waterworks Management and Service Co., as assistant counsel to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and as an assistant consumer advocate for the Pennsylvania Office of Consumer Advocate.

Pape holds a bachelor's degree from Edinboro University, a juris doctor degree from Dickinson School of Law and a master of laws in taxation from Villanova University School of Law.

The Sigmund Weis Memorial Lectureship in Business is an endowed lectureship that brings prominent persons from business and public life to the campus to speak on matters of interest to the university and the area business community. Established in 1979 by the late Claire G. Weis, the lectureship honors the memory of her husband, Sigmund Weis, an honors graduate in Susquehanna University’s Class of 1903.

With his brother Harry Weis, who was a member of Susquehanna's Class of 1900, Sigmund founded Weis Pure Food Stores Inc., now known as Weis Markets Since its founding in 1912, the grocery store chain has grown to include 158 stores in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.

Contact: Gerald Cohen


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