Dr. Tim Holt

Prescott Campus Announces Dr. Tim Holt as New Dean of the College of Aviation

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has announced the appointment of Dr. Tim Holt to Dean of the College of Aviation at the Prescott Campus. Holt had been serving as the College's Interim Dean since September 2017.

Holt began his career at Embry-Riddle in July 2007. His previous appointments included Program Chair for the Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics, Program Chair for the Master of Science in Management, and Director of High School Initiatives, where he was responsible for the creation and administration of a National Dual Enrollment program.

"I'm looking forward to what the future holds," said Holt. "Building upon our noteworthy past with innovation in all areas of aviation and aerospace is our primary goal."

Prior to Embry-Riddle, Holt served a 22-year career in the U.S. Navy, retiring as a Chief Petty Officer. While on active duty, he operated  fixed-wing (P-3 Orion) and rotary-wing (MH-60S KnightHawk) aircraft, logging over 2,500 hours as  a Flight Instructor and Evaluator.

Holt's educational background consists of the following:

  • Ph.D. in Education (Educational Leadership), Northcentral University
  • Master of Aeronautical Science  (Aviation/Aerospace Safety Systems Specialization with a Human Factors emphasis), Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics  (Business Management Emphasis), Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

"We are so pleased that Dr. Tim Holt has accepted our invitation to become the Dean of the College of Aviation," said Prescott Campus Chancellor Dr. Frank Ayers. "Since he assumed his interim duties this fall, he has provided stellar leadership to the college and has become an invaluable member of our senior leadership team. We are especially pleased that he brings  experience from both the Worldwide and Prescott campuses to bear in his new position as we collaborate to expand the reach of our university."  

Holt has developed and instructed courses pertaining to Crew Resource Management, Aircraft Accident Investigation, The Safety Management System and Introduction to Annex 14: Regulations for Airports Council International (ACI), which was accomplished in accordance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards for airport safety managers and staff located throughout the world. 

As a certified member of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), Holt serves on the Academic Relations Committee; Operations, Safety, Planning, and Emergency Management Committee; and the Operations and Legislative Affairs Working Group. Additionally, he is actively involved in the University Aviation Association's Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and Scholarship Committees. As a member of the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI), he serves as a visiting team member for accreditation visits across the country. Holt is also a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and an Associate Member of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators.   

For more information on Embry-Riddle Prescott's College of Aviation, visit: http://prescott.erau.edu/college-aviation/index.html.

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