The Brazos River Authority Board of Directors passed a resolution appointing David Collinsworth to the position of general manager/chief executive officer. Mr. Collinsworth has been employed by the BRA for more than 20 years and is a current regional manager for the organization. The BRA initiated a search for a replacement for Phillip J. Ford, who is retiring at the end of March after 17 years of service.
“After interviewing a talented group of qualified candidates, the Board of Directors determined David Collinsworth’s background and extensive experience would continue the momentum and determination of the BRA to serve the people of the Brazos River basin,” said Board Presiding Officer Dave Scott.
As general manager, Mr. Collinsworth will oversee more than 275 employees in multiple locations throughout the Brazos River basin, while managing the System’s water supply, water treatment projects and water quality initiatives under the direction of the 21-member board of directors.
Mr. Collinsworth will be the eighth general manager of the BRA since its establishment by the Texas Legislature in 1929. He previously served the BRA as field operations manager, business manager for the Central Basin region and since 2014 as Regional Manager for the Central and Lower Basins. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aquatic Biology and Organic Chemistry from Southwest Texas State University.
Mr. Collinsworth replaces Phil Ford, who joined the BRA in 2001 following his retirement from the US Air Force with a rank of lieutenant general. Under Mr. Ford’s leadership, the BRA completed numerous projects including construction of a water transportation pipeline to meet the water supply needs of the state capital’s northern suburbs. He directed the expansion of a regional potable water system in Williamson County. Most importantly, Mr. Ford oversaw the addition of a groundbreaking new System Operation Permit for the BRA. The System Operations Permit is the first of its kind for the State of Texas allowing existing water permits to be used more efficiently while accessing previously untapped return flows into the Brazos River, making existing water supply available without the need to build a reservoir.