FLINT TWP. — The Bishop International Airport Authority Board was expected Tuesday to approve the hiring of Craig Williams, A.A.E, as the new airport director. He is currently employed as the Director of Operations and Facilities at the Ft. Wayne International Airport in Indiana.
“The Airport Authority is looking forward to welcoming Mr. Williams and his family to Bishop International Airport,’’ said Mike McNamara, Airport Authority Chairperson. “Our meetings with Craig reinforced all of the positive input we received from people who have worked with him in the past. The Authority Board feels strongly that Mr. Williams is a great fit for our airport.”
He will replace longtime director Jim Rice, who announced his retirement in January, effective Oct. 8. Rice has worked at Bishop for 24 years and was the first to serve under the Airport Authority formed in 1987.
The Airport Authority Board has nine members who are appointed to three-year terms by the Mayor of the City of Flint, and the Genesee County Board of Commissioners.
Williams has extensive experience in the aviation industry and expects to begin work prior to September.
“I am very excited to begin my new duties as the Airport Director in Flint, and I look forward to building upon its current successes, making it an even stronger asset in the region,” Williams said, in a press release. “The incredible support of the community has played a large role in the airport’s history and I look forward to continuing that great relationship with everyone, both professionally and personally. My family and I look forward to becoming an active part of the community.”
Craig Williams was slated to be hired Tuesday as the new director of Flint Bishop International Airport. — R.S.