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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Opens
New Houston Campus

May 1, 2013

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Carl Newman, IAH General Manager, speaks to administrators and students gathered together for the grand opening ceremony. 
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on April 18, celebrating the opening of its new Houston campus, located on Space Center Boulevard.

Based in Daytona Beach, Florida, the university is the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace.

ERAU has had a location in the Houston area since 2005. Originally located to serve NASA employee’s educational needs, it has expanded its original mission and provides associate, bachelor's and master's degrees to a variety of students involved in the aerospace, aviation, energy and transportation sectors of the city.  The campus is being relocated to a new location on Space Center Boulevard and is doubling its size.

“The new location will allow us to better serve a growing number of degree-seeking students, as well as offer additional certificate and professional training classes,” according to Kandi Windham, Interim Director of Academic Support.

George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) General Manager Carl Newman, who is also an ERAU graduate, spoke at the event, explaining to the crowd why the expansion project is so important to the future success of the city.

“The career paths offered at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University not only benefit the individual student, they also benefit the community in which they reside,” Newman said. “These good paying jobs contribute to a stronger tax base and enhance the city’s reputation as a key player on the global economic stage.”

Newman’s remarks also touched on a program which helped to create while working at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Arizona. The Management Development Program encouraged airport employees to attend ERAU classes, where students were immersed in a broad overview of the entire airport operation.

Newman says the program gave employees a much better understanding of the larger operational picture of the airport facility and he hopes to establish a similar program for his team here in Houston.

“I view this as an investment into our future leadership team,” Newman says. “And Embry Riddle Aeronautical University is a terrific partner to have in regards to preparing those future leaders.” 
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