Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority names interim leader, begins search

Thomas Stoudt, director of operations and safety for the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority, was appointed Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, interim executive director at the authority, which owns and operates Lehigh Valley International and Queen City airports and Braden Airpark. 

A 21-year veteran of Lehigh Valley International Airport and its sister facilities will lead its parent organization on an interim basis.

The Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority on Tuesday unanimously appointed Thomas Stoudt as interim executive director once the current director, Charles Everett, resigns Aug. 18.

Stoudt, of South Whitehall Township, is the authority's director of operations and safety. 

Everett is moving on to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

"I have confidence that the staff will continue to perform exceptionally and seize every opportunity to move our airport system forward," Everett said Tuesday at his final meeting of the airport authority's board of governors.

Everett came to the authority through a contract approved by the board in August 2011 with AFCO AvPORTS Management LLC, based in Dulles, Va. Toward the end of its two-year contract with the management firm, the board opted to hire Everett directly as their executive director. He had been a manager at the Federal Aviation Administration who previously helped run Syracuse Hancock International Airport.

Authority board Chairman J. Michael Dowd asked that his fellow board members return in September with ideas on what they're looking for in a new executive director.

He anticipates the authority contracting with a search firm and appointing a search committee from the board. 

There is no timetable set to hire someone, Dowd said, and internal candidates will be considered in addition to those identified through what is likely to be a national search. 

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