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Graduation Speaker

Brian Coltharp, P.E.

Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President
Freese and Nichols, Inc.

Brian Coltharp

Brian Coltharp, Class of 1992, is Chief Operating Officer at Freese and Nichols, a Fort Worth-based consulting firm that plans, designs and manages infrastructure projects throughout the Southwest and Southeast United States. He was recently selected as Freese and Nichols’ next President and CEO, beginning in January 2017.

Throughout his 23-year engineering career, Mr. Coltharp has established a reputation for delivering outstanding service to clients. As a project manager and group manager specializing in water transmission and utilities, he oversaw several billion dollars in design and construction work. Among his high-profile projects was the Texoma-to-Wylie Pipeline Extension for the North Texas Municipal Water District, a $280 million project that quickly restored access to a critical water supply after a zebra mussel crisis.

Mr. Coltharp earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from UTA in 1992.