WICHITA, Kan. — Robert Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of the National Rural Water Association, was named “Friend of Kansas Rural Water” at the Association’s 2013 conference held at the Century II Convention Center in Wichita in late March. In presenting the award, Kansas Rural Water General Manager Elmer Ronnebaum commentated that it is difficult to describe “Rob” because of the many places and faces he has dealt with. “He’s been responsible for training, for administration, for supporting the fledging National Rural Water Association soon after it was established. He has continued service since 1978 to the present in helping guide and build the most responsible voice for rural water in America,” he said.
“Rob is best described as a negotiator, a debater and a mentor. He has guided the advocacy for rural America – and as a result, he has helped communities and rural water rural water districts across Kansas in many ways, many that cannot be fully appreciated,” KRWA President Dennis Schwartz says.
Rob is a graduate of what was Central State University, which is now the University of Central Oklahoma; he earned a graduate degree from the University of Arkansas. He taught for five years at Southeast Missouri State University before joining NRWA in 1978. In 1985 Rob was named Chief Executive Officer for NRWA.
Kansas Rural Water Association thanks Robert Johnson for his leadership and perseverance in helping all of the 49 state rural water affiliates and the 31,000 members of the NRWA. NRWA’s offices are located in Duncan, Oklahoma with legislative offices at 101 Constitution Ave. in Washington. Rob and his wife Barbara live in tiny Loco, Oklahoma.