Bruce Pearson
Bruce Pearson

Commencement Close-Up: SAWS senior inspector Bruce Pearson earns M.P.A. with perfect 4.0 GPA

By James Benavides
Public Affairs Specialist

(May 8, 2008)--For the last few years, Bruce Pearson did his homework between 3 and 5 a.m., which was the only time he had available. The senior inspector at the San Antonio Water System gives a lot of attention to family matters, considering he has older parents and younger children. But, at age 52 he is still learning and pushing his limits. At UTSA's spring commencement ceremonies, Pearson will receive a master of public administration degree from the College of Public Policy with the distinction of a perfect 4.0 GPA.

Pearson said that in last 13 years, he or his wife has been in school for nine of them. The SAWS professional first returned to school in 2002, earning a bachelor of applied arts and sciences degree, cum laude, from Texas State in 2004. He earned the "Certified Public Manager" designation from the William P. Hobby Center for Public Service at Texas State the same year.

Pearson applied to the UTSA Graduate School because of the faculty's credentials and skills. He particularly enjoyed studying diversity, ethics, financial management and economics as he pursued his master's. According to Pearson, his time at UTSA helps him answer questions that arise in his professional field.

Charlie Trowbridge, a SAWS backflow prevention inspector, attests to Pearson's contributions in the workplace. "Bruce has not only earned his degree, but also he has shared the knowledge gained from it with all of us here at SAWS," said the 15-year SAWS veteran.

Pearson has served in numerous leadership positions at the utility and regulatory agencies and commissions associated with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Environmental Protection Agency. He is licensed in several water and wastewater fields and recently was selected to be regional director of the American Backflow Prevention Association, overseeing a four-state district.

"He brings academic knowledge and practical experience to the table, along with strong character," said Trowbridge. "Bruce's integrity, work ethic, morals, customer service skills and commitment to protecting our customers is second to none. Bruce gives 110 percent in every challenge he pursues, accepting nothing less than his best, even if it means repeating a process, task or dedicating more time than required in order to obtain his goal."

With his master's degree, Pearson intends to continue his municipal service and possibly move into city management.

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