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July 7, 2008

Farmingdale State College Appoints New Chair of Aviation Department

Mark Sherman to Direct Operations at Flight Line

Dr. Mark Sherman, Chair of the Department of Aviation and Director of the Flight Line at Republic Airport
Dr. Mark Sherman, Chair of the Department of Aviation
and Director of the Flight Line at Republic Airport

Dr. W. Hubert Keen , president of Farmingdale State College, has announced that Dr. Mark A. Sherman joined Farmingdale State College effective July 1, 2008 as Associate Professor, Chair of the Department of Aviation, and Director of the Flight Line at Republic Airport .

"I am pleased to appoint Dr. Sherman to these crucial positions. He has the breadth and depth of experience and credentials needed to fulfill the complex demands of both Chair and Director," said Dr. Keen. "Farmingdale State College is the only college in the State University of New York to offer both baccalaureate-level programs in aviation."

Prior to joining Farmingdale State , Sherman served as a professor at Ohio University , the University of Central Missouri , and the University of Dubuque ( Iowa ), and was interim department chair at Central Missouri .

A prolific writer, Sherman has published in industry magazines as well as scholarly publications in peer-reviewed journals such as the Collegiate Aviation Review , Journal of Aviation Aerospace Education and Research , and the International Journal of Applied Aviation Studies .

Sherman has professional aviation experience with the U.S. military as a member of the armed services (U.S. Navy, Naval Reserve, Air Force Reserve and Kansas National Guard) and as a civilian Air Force employee.  He has also worked in the airline industry with Trans World Airlines.

Sherman earned an EdD in applied behavioral studies with a concentration in aviation and space management at Oklahoma State University . His dissertation research focused on collegiate aviation institutions and collegiate aviation accreditation processes. At the University of Central Missouri , he earned an education specialist degree, an MA in history, an MS in aviation safety and a BS in aviation technology. In addition, Sherman holds several important FAA certifications including Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), Certified Ground Instructor, and commercial pilot certification.

Farmingdale State College has offered educational opportunities in aviation since the 1940s. In 1990, the two BS degrees in professional pilot and aviation administration were approved. Approximately 200 students are enrolled in the department. According to the Dean of the School of Engineering Technologies , Dr. Kamel Shahrabi , "Our students are recruited for well paying jobs even before they graduate. There is a high demand for our graduates."