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Aviation dean rejects private sector post to stay at WMU

Jan. 23, 2009

KALAMAZOO--David M. Powell, dean of Western Michigan University's College of Aviation, has changed his plans to depart Michigan for a private-sector job in the south and will remain at WMU.

Dr. Timothy  J. Greene, WMU provost and vice president for academic affairs, announced today that Powell asked to rescind his resignation so he can continue to lead the college.

"Dean Powell has reconsidered a decision he made with great reluctance and will stay with the college that means so much to him. This is the best of all possible outcomes," Greene said of Powell's change of heart. "We're pleased with his leadership and look forward to having him guide our aviation programs for many years to come."

Powell had accepted an offer from Georgia-based Flight Training Services International to be that firm's chief operating officer, and he was set to assume that position in February. Powell, who has a background in private industry, came to WMU from United Airlines in 2003. He has served as dean of WMU's highly regarded aviation college since 2007.

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Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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