WMU News

Aviation dean steps down, focuses on teaching and research

Jan. 21, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- James E. Crehan, dean of the college of aviation at Western Michigan University, has announced his intentions to step down as dean and return to teaching and research as a tenured member of the faculty. The move is effective Friday, Jan. 21.

"I support Jim Crehan's decision to return to the faculty to pursue his teaching and research," said WMU President Elson S. Floyd of Crehan's decision. "I am confident that not only will he be effective in the classroom, but as a researcher, he also will be able to focus his skills on aviation issues in a way that will greatly enhance the college's reputation."

Floyd said he would immediately turn his attention to finding an interim dean for the college and then quickly move to appoint a committee to conduct a national search for someone to lead this growing and important college.

Crehan, who came to WMU in 1999, enjoyed a 20-year career in the U.S. Air Force before beginning his teaching career in higher education in 1985. He is an experienced researcher in the fields of crew resource management, airport development and the testing of new avionic equipment.

Established as WMU's newest college last year, the College of Aviation enrolls more than 600 undergraduates in four bachelor's degree programs. The college also is home to an International Pilot Training Centre that trains some 100 international cadet pilots under contracts with such air carriers as Aer Lingus, British Airways and Emirates Airlines. The college is located at W.K. Kellogg Airport in Battle Creek, Mich.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 616 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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