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Energy Institute engineer named leadership fellow by Appalachian Regional Commission

Jennifer Hause, Energy Institute Engineer and water expert Jennifer Hause will represent West Virginia in an intensive regional leadership development program conducted by the Appalachian Regional Commission.  

For over 25 years, Jennifer Hause has used her skills as an engineer to serve the people of West Virginia by improving water quality and water infrastructure in rural communities.  People who live in small towns or on farms often struggle to gain access to critical drinking water and wastewater services.  Now she joins an elite group of Appalachian visionaries working to improve the region’s community development and economic competitiveness.

The Appalachian Regional Commission named Hause to participate in the 2021-2022 class of the Appalachian Leadership Institute. Hause will participate in an extensive, nine-month series of skill-building seminars featuring regional experts, peer-to-peer learning, and case study analysis as an institute fellow. The program begins virtually in October and culminates with the Class of 2021-2022's graduation in July 2022. 

Hause is a program manager at the Energy Institute at West Virginia University .  She has worked for more than 25 years at WVU, helping resolve water infrastructure challenges in small communities and rural areas across the state and country.  Her experience includes work with the National Environmental Services Center and the West Virginia Water Research Institute, programs of the Energy Institute.

She earned her BS and MS degrees in civil engineering from WVU and is a certified project management professional. 

I am honored to congratulate the 2021-2022 class of the Appalachian Leadership Institute.  The work of this new class of fellows -- and the ones who came before -- gives me hope to the future of our region and is a testament to all that can be accomplished when Appalachians work together. gayle manchin, ARC Federal co-chair

Hause will work directly with public policy, community development, education, investment, and other professionals who live or work in the region to: 

  • identify and implement best practices and strategies to inspire positive change in their communities;
  • build a robust network of leaders across the region;
  • integrate community assets into long-lasting economic development strategies; and
  • appreciate the diversity and commonalities of the 13 states in the Appalachian region.

Hause was selected via a competitive application process. ARC received more than 115 qualified applications for the 2021-2022 Appalachian Leadership Institute class. 

After completing the program, Hause will automatically become part of the Appalachian Leadership Institute Network, a peer-to-peer working group committed to Appalachia’s future. 

Growing up in rural West Virginia, in the heart of coal country, Hause is familiar with the challenges many Appalachian communities face. 

“I’m excited to be chosen and can’t wait to meet others in the program who are as passionate about West Virginia as I am,” Hause said.  “I’m looking forward to sharing success stories and lessons learned to improve what I have to offer. I know the collaborations we create within ARC will lead to greater success for those we serve across the state and region.”



CONTACT: Tracy Novak
Communications Director
WVU Energy Institute

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