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Director, Center for Water Resource Economics


Troy University has appointed the former President of the Columbus Water Works, Billy Turner, to head the new Center for Water Resource Economics. Mr. Turner, who has more than 50 years of water resource management in both the public and private sector, will guide the new center’s research into the economic impact of water in the region as well as the issue of shared-water and policies surrounding it.


Billy TurnerTurner began his career with the Tennessee Valley Authority and later worked in the pulp and paper industry, and then as a CEO of Water Utilities in Spartanburg, S.C. Turner served for 20 years as President of the Columbus Water Works. Upon retirement in 2009, Turner turned his attention to consulting and volunteer work, including the Chattahoochee River Restoration Project and the ACF Stakeholders Inc., an organization dedicated to the development of a sustainable water management plan for the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee, and Flint Rivers.


Our vision is that the Center for Water Resource Economics will become the predominant institution in the region dedicated to the use of economic tools in addressing resource issues and in archiving important water resource information,” Turner said.


The center will be part of the University’s Sorrell College of Business.  Dr. Judson Edwards, Dean of the College of Business, said Turner’s expertise will help the center become a leading voice in water resource issues through the region



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