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March 30, 2010

Aviation Executive From Huntington Honored By Farmingdale State Alumni

Warren Kroeppel is 1974 Graduate

Warren D. Kroeppel of Huntington, an aviation executive and flight safety advocate, was honored as Alumnus of the Year at the Farmingdale State College Alumni Awards Dinner on Friday, March 26 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. Kroeppel (Aerospace Technology, '74) was joined by five other alumni and corporate honorees at the affair, which is expected to attract 250 guests to the aviation-themed event.

Other awardees are Theresia H. Schatz (Aerospace Technology, '81) and Elaine Thompson (Advertising Art and Design, '63) as Outstanding Alumnae; Associate Professor Lou Scala of the Aviation Department as Outstanding Alumni Supporter; Lou Howard, Aviation Department Chair from 1969-89, as Aviation Program Pioneer; and SheltAir Group as Outstanding Employee Partner.

Kroeppel  is the General Manager of LaGuardia Airport for The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, where he is responsible for operating the airport on a day-to-day basis, managing and directing the activities of 341 staff, with an annual budget of $200 million. He also has served as the Chairperson for the Public Safety and Security Committee for Airports Council International - North America.

Schatz is a Senior Program Officer in the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) at the Transportation Research Board under The National Academies in Washington, D.C.  Thompson is an artist and painter whose works have received national recognition. Scala has been an aviation faculty member since 1982 and developed the Airport Management, and Air Cargo Management curriculums. In addition to being a former aviation chair, Lou Howard is a former SUNY Trustee. SheltAir Group has provided internship opportunities for our Aviation students that have evolved into permanent career positions.