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Most of the 700-plus employees at New Jersey American Water don’t know that their boss, William M. Varley, started on the road to becoming president of the state’s largest investor-owned water and wastewater utility at a two-year state school. Monday, Varley visited Camden County College, and shared his story with freshmen and sophomores interested in pursuing engineering careers.
“When I came out of school I thought I knew where I was going professionally,” Varley - who worked in structural engineering, wastewater, and water supply contracting, before landing at American Water - told the class. “The fact is that there are a million ways your career can, and probably will go.”
Varley discussed the important roles engineering plays at New Jersey American Water, ranging from project design and management, to environmental controls and construction supervision. “Over the next several years, the challenges facing New Jersey’s water and wastewater infrastructure present opportunities for you,” he said. “Water-related organizations, whether private or municipal, are all going to need people with the skills you are learning here.”
And, when it came to Camden County College, Varley re-emphasized how his career started, and told of how he had used text books from his two-year school on his first job at Long Island Water Company (now New York American Water.) “It’s what you do with your time here at school that is important,” he said. “Make the most of it.”
New Jersey American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK) is the investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.5 million people. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs approximately 6,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 14 million people in more than 30 states, as well as parts of Canada. More information can be found by visiting