MWH Soft President Dr. Paul F. Boulos joins Lebanese American University board of trustees

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MWH Soft, a leading global provider of environmental and water resources applications software, today announced that its president and chief operating officer, Dr. Paul F. Boulos, Hon.D.WRE, has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the Lebanese American University (LAU) in Beirut, Lebanon. He will serve on the Board’s Executive and Nominating Committees and will chair its Advancement Committee.

Dr. Boulos, who has chaired the LAU Board of International Advisors since 2006, will draw on a distinguished career and vast leadership experience in his new role. A renowned international authority on water resources engineering, he is noted for his practical and scientific expertise and his extensive experience in both academe and the corporate world. He has co-authored nine authoritative books and more than a hundred technical articles on water and wastewater engineering.

Dr. Boulos has received numerous industry honors, including awards for excellence in scholarship from national and international scientific and engineering societies and accolades from government and research organizations and NGOs. Among these acknowledgements are technical awards from the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Water Works Association and the US Environmental Protection Agency. In 2008, he was awarded Honorary Diplomate status (Hon.D.WRE) by AAWRE, the Academy’s highest honor; accepted the Lebanese American Foundation Pride of Heritage Award; and received Special US Congressional Recognition. This year, he was presented with one of America’s most prestigious awards, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, for his outstanding contributions to our communities, our nation and the world.

Dr. Boulos serves on the Board of Directors of MWH Soft, MWH Global and MWH international as well as AMIDEAST (Washington DC), the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers, and the Dean’s International Council of the Harris School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago. He has been a member of advisory and executive committees for many organizations, including the External Advisory Board of the Civil and Environmental Engineering School of the American University of Beirut, the US EPA Science Advisory Board and the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council.

Dr. Boulos received his Doctorate, Master of Science, and Bachelor of Science degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky, and has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Dr. Joseph G. Jabbra, President of LAU, said, “Dr. Paul Boulos is a great alumnus of our university and an admirable human being.  He deeply cares for people and selflessly and generously gives to others. He is humble in his effective leadership, generates contagious passion for noble causes, and inspires reassuring confidence to anyone he comes in contact with. I have known Dr. Boulos for the past four years and always saw in him a man of vision and action, a concerned friend, and a deeply committed member and Chair of our Board of International Advisors (BIA).

“During his tenure on the BIA, he energized us all by his burning enthusiasm for LAU, and thus he gained our admiration, the respect of his colleagues, and the affection of his friends.  Dr. Boulos is a strategic thinker, hard working, and forward looking. I am so happy that he is now a member of our Board of Trustees and of the Nominating Committee, and Chair of the Advancement Committee.  We are so proud of him and LAU is lucky to have his strong commitment.”

One of the top academic institutions in the Middle East, LAU is a private American not-for-profit higher education institution. Over 1,400 students each year graduate from its Schools of Arts & Sciences, Business, Engineering and Architecture, Medicine and Pharmacy. Its alumni are employed at leading companies around the world. The university has 209 faculty members and two campuses, in Beirut and Byblos. Its current student body of 7,200 at the undergraduate and graduate levels represents seventy-five nationalities.

Founded by the Presbyterian Church, USA, in 1924, LAU is governed by a Board of Trustees who derive their authority from the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York. The Board of Trustees is responsible for ensuring that the university is furthering its mission organizationally, administratively, educationally, spiritually, socially, and financially. It also assures adequate facilities as well as a policy framework for the university’s administration. The Board consists of 25 members, most of them American, and is currently chaired by Dr. Charles Elachi, Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, and Vice President of the California Institute of Technology.

“I am humbled and honored to join a distinguished Board of Trustees in guiding LAU as it builds on its rich past and carries out its bold vision of the future with a commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and service,” said Dr. Boulos. “This is a very exciting time to be involved with LAU. In the last few years, particularly with the arrival of Dr. Jabbra as President, the university has aggressively moved toward an international presence, established cutting-edge faculty in several areas, and attracted a student body as strong as that of any American university. I feel privileged to join a community of people dedicated to public service, and welcome this important opportunity to serve our community beyond the university and help build a better world for the greater good. I look forward to playing an active role in preserving the university’s legacy and widening its students’ vision of life’s potential.”

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