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Incoming Board of Advisors President Honored by White House

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Jim CritesJim Crites, the incoming president of the UTA College of Engineering's Board of Advisors and the executive vice president for operations at DFW International Airport, has been selected by the White House as a Transportation Champion of Change, one of only 12 people selected nationwide for the honor. 

The Federal Aviation Administration nominated Crites for the recognition for taking a leadership role in developing and implementing new technologies, notably the nation's Next Generation Air Transportation System, also known as "NextGen."

"While I am humbled and grateful for this honor, I dare say the work done here at DFW that resulted in this recognition is the direct result of many successful partnerships with outside agencies and within our entire Airport organization," Crites said in a news release.  "The mission to improve aviation safety and efficiency that is at the heart of NextGen does not succeed without a great deal of collaboration across the aviation sector, and our nation is already benefiting from the work we're all doing together to improve our air traffic control systems."

As part of the Champions of Change program, the White House regularly recognizes different groups of Americans who are making positive change in their communities. This year's theme is Transportation Technology Solutions for the 21st Century. Crites joined other honorees at the White House May 8 for a ceremony and panel discussion.

Read the full release here.