Dr. P. Barry Butler Named New President of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Board of Trustees has named Dr. P. Barry Butler, Executive Vice President and Provost at the University of Iowa, as the sixth president of the world’s leading institution of higher education focusing on aviation, aerospace and research.
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Update: The search for Embry-Riddle's next President has concluded. For more information, read "Dr. P. Barry Butler Named New President of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University." After the unanimous endorsement of candidates presented to the Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC) as well as student and faculty representatives of the Embry-Riddle Presidential Search Committee, the process has quickly moved to the selection stage as candidates for the university’s next president position are on the Daytona Beach campus this week for final interviews.
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When it comes to turning your big idea into a successful venture, a strong presentation and pitch can make all the difference. That advice helped engineering student Dynamite Obinna win the People’s Choice award at the Launch Your Venture expo at Embry-Riddle last spring. Obinna’s jetway venture consists of a passenger boarding bridge on planes that allows passengers to simultaneously board or deplane through multiple access doors. Obinna is now in the process of securing patents for his invention.
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FireSpring Fund, a nonprofit accelerator of early-stage technology companies in Central Florida, has been selected by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to receive $1 million to invest in promising new technology companies to help jump-start a thriving Volusia County-based innovation corridor.
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Congratulations to Prescott Aviation Safety Program Manager Brian Roggow, recently selected as a Regional Honoree for the 2017 General Aviation Awards. With eight FAA regions, Roggow is one of the Top-8 nationally in his category, FAA Safety Team (FAAST) Representative of the year.
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In 2011, Embry-Riddle Executive MBA graduate, Lisa Anderson Spencer was offered an opportunity of a lifetime - to create a new office with the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS). This office, operating on behalf of all UN Organizations, would have a dedicated focus on providing an evidence-based, global approach to assessing the relative risk and suitability of air operators for use on official UN Travel, as well as a policy role. With a passion for aviation and the drive to never stop exploring, Lisa and her team are making a quantifiable difference in today’s world of aviation transportation.
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