Water Management Certificate Program FACILITATORS

N. W. Bill Plummer

Dr. George Seperich

Dr. George Seperich


Bill Plummer provides consulting services to irrigation districts, towns and cities in Arizona and has been involved in numerous water related programs in South and Southeast Asia for the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and the United Nations.  He has served in a number of policy and management positions in Washington, DC, Denver, Salt Lake City and Boulder City, Nevada with the Office of Management and Budget and the Department of the Interior.  

From 1978 to 1985 he was responsible for all Bureau of Reclamation activities in both the Upper (1978-1981) and Lower (1981-1985) Colorado River Basins.  He was the Director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources from 1988-1991 and General Manager of the Yuma Mesa Irrigation and Drainage District in 2006-2007.  He participates in the following organizations:  

*Agribusiness & Water Council of Arizona, Past-President

*National Water Resources Association-Member, Board of Directors 

*Family Farm Alliance - Member, Advisory Committee

*Central Arizona Project Association- President

*United States Committee on Irrigation and Drainage - Member, Long Range Planning Committee

*International Boundary and Water Commission-Member, Colorado River Water Users Association-Member

*Arizona-Mexico Commission - Member

*Town of Paradise Valley, Arizona-Member, Water Committee

He has a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Vermont and MS in Engineering - Economic Systems from Stanford University. 

Dr. George Seperich

Dr. George Seperich

Dr. George Seperich


Dr. George Seperich holds the position of Professor at the Arizona State University Polytechnic Campus.  His academic interests include identifying necessary conditions for agribusiness economic development at the state level, corporate strategy and the development of management, and marketing agribusiness case studies as teaching tools.  

Dr. Seperich received his M.S. and Pd.D. degrees from Michigan State University.  He has co-authored a book, Introduction to Agribusiness Marketing, edited Case Studies in Agribusiness Management with several authors, and authored Food Science and Technology. 

Dr. Larry Olson

Dr. George Seperich

Dr. Larry Olson


Dr. Olson has been a faculty member Arizona State University since 1989 and is currently the Program Chair for the Environmental & Resource Management degree programs in the Fulton Schools of Engineering.  He holds a Ph.D. in bioinorganic chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in chemistry from Baylor University.  He was a post-doctoral fellow in organometallic chemistry at the University of Illinois and has been a Visiting Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in Brussels, Belgium; the University of Houston, Rice University, and Baylor University.  Prior to moving to ASU, Dr. Olson was Academic Dean adn Administrative Vice President at Grand Canyon College.  

For the last 20 years, Dr. Olson's teaching and research has focused on environmental issues ranging from managing hazardous chemicals to ensuring safe water supplies, clean air and protection of our soils.  He is the ASU Coordinator for the Water Management Certificate Program in conjunction with the Agribusiness & Water Council of Arizona.