September 12, 2006

NewMyer reappointed to state aeronautical board

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- David A. NewMyer, chair of Southern Illinois University Carbondale's Department of Aviation Management and Flight, will continue to serve on the Illinois Board of Aeronautical Advisors.

Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich issued NewMyer's reappointment to the seven-member board in August. The reappointment, which requires Illinois Senate confirmation, is effective Jan. 16, 2007 through Jan. 19, 2009.

NewMyer, 59, of De Soto, has served on the board since 1994 by appointment of former governors Gov. Jim Edgar and George H. Ryan.

The board studies the aeronautics field, investigates the work of the Illinois Department of Transportation Division of Aeronautics and provides advice on the state's aeronautical policies and practices. Board members do not receive compensation other than expenses.

"It's a great honor," NewMyer said. "I'm very pleased the governor's office saw fit to reappoint me. I have enjoyed working on the advisory board for all these years and it will be great to continue."

NewMyer started at SIUC as a part-time visiting instructor in 1975; in 1979 he became coordinator and a visiting assistant professor in aviation management. He became associate professor and chair of SIUC's aviation management and flight program in 1993; he has been a professor and department chair since 2000.

The program is in the University's College of Applied Sciences and Arts.

NewMyer also spent five-and-a-half years in the early and mid-1970s in a variety of aviation-related positions with IDOT's Chicago Area Transportation Study.

A native of Pasadena, Calif., NewMyer attended schools in Covina, Calif. He earned a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Redlands in 1969; a master's degree in political science-metropolitan studies from Drew University in 1971; a master's in transportation from

Northwestern University in 1974; and a doctorate in education administration from SIUC in 1987.

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David A. NewMyer

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