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MWA Considering Interim Executive Director

Nov 2, 2022 by Chris Wood, Ph.D.

During a called Meeting of the Macon Water Authority (MWA) Board of Directors last Thursday Oct. 27, the Board voted to move forward on hiring an Interim Executive Director & President, after accepting the resignation of Joey Leverette, who previously served in this capacity. In doing so, the Board also proposed to offer the position to Ron Shipman, a local business and community leader with extensive management experience as a utility executive.

In accordance with the Georgia Open Records Act, the MWA is providing professional background information on Shipman for the public to review. This information will be available for 14 calendar days prior to the MWA Committee Meetings on Thursday Nov. 17, when the Board is expected to vote on this matter. This 14-day period allows Board Members and the public to review Mr. Shipman’s professional credentials and qualifications for the position of MWA Executive Director & President. During the MWA Committee Meetings on Nov. 17, the MWA Board will be able to consider any feedback obtained during the 14-day period.

Shipman has most recently served as the Interim President & CEO of the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce, an office he began in March of this year. However, prior to taking over the Chamber, Shipman had retired after a 36-year career with Georgia Power Company, which saw him work his way up from a Nuclear Chemistry Technician & Environmental Specialist at the Edwin I. Hatch Plant in Baxley, right out of college, to Vice President of the Southwest (Central) Region, based in Macon, upon his retirement in 2020.

In an overview of his professional achievements, Shipman describes himself as a constituent-oriented, experienced leader who excels in providing superior customer service. He also notes that he is a relationship builder who can develop strong, long-lasting relationships throughout organizations, companies, and communities. In addition, he professes to be a perceptive business leader who possesses refined analytical abilities that are well-balanced with excellent communication skills. Finally, Shipman prides himself on being an experienced director who can develop and implement tactical, strategic plans while successfully leading diverse workgroups.

Shipman holds a BS in Biology from Morehouse College in Atlanta, as well as an MBA in General Business from Shorter College.

A complete resume’ of Shipman’s professional credentials, qualifications, work experience, and statement of purpose, can be found via the “Learn More” link below. Contact information for respective MWA Board Members is available within the “About Us/Board Members” page of this website, should the public want to reach their respective MWA representative for comment.

Media contact:
Chris Wood, Ph.D.
P: 770-757-1681
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