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Eric N. Waldron, a veteran of 39 years in airport administration and operations, including, most recently Boston Logan, has been named Administrator of Bradley International Airport, the Connecticut Department of Transportation announced today.
A Connecticut native, Waldron also served for nine years as a professor at the Department of Aviation at The Ohio State University and has been a guest lecturer at Northeastern University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is expected to start his new assignment in late June.
“Eric Waldron has the right combination of business acumen and creative insight to lead our team in its ongoing push to expand services, serve and support travelers, vendors and tenants at Bradley, and burnish the airport’s already excellent reputation as one of the best airports on the East Coast,” said Joseph F. Marie, Commissioner of the Department of Transportation, which oversees Bradley. “I am delighted to welcome him to our management team.”
For the past year, Waldron has served as Deputy Director of Aviation Systems and Programs at Boston Logan. Prior to that, he spent 10 years as Director of Worcester (Mass.) Regional Airport. He also served from 1994 to 1998 as Assistant Director of the Department of Port Control in Cleveland (Cleveland Hopkins Airport serves about 12 million passengers annually); and from 1988 to 1994 as Deputy Executive Director and Assistant Airports Administrator for the Columbus (Ohio) Airport Authority (similar in size to the 6.5 million passengers served annually by Bradley). In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Waldron worked at air-related facilities (e.g., Lockheed) and airports in California, Ohio, Maine and New York, including Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, New York.
“Accepting this challenge at an airport with Bradley’s standing and reputation is especially gratifying and humbling,” Waldron said. “I hope to make a strong management team even stronger and will work tirelessly ensure that the confidence that Commissioner Marie and the Bradley Board have put in me is well-placed.”
Waldron is also an Accredited Airport Executive and an Airport Certified Employee (in airport operations) through the American Association of Airport Executives. He was born in Putnam and grew up in Thompson, Connecticut.
He succeeds Jeff Schultes, who stepped down earlier this year.
About Bradley International Airport
Bradley International Airport is the second largest in New England and serves an extensive geographic area – its customer base covers the entire Northeast including Western Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey. According to the most recent economic impact analysis, Bradley contributes $4 billion in economic activity to the state of Connecticut and the surrounding region, representing $1.2 billion in wages and 18,000 full-time jobs. (www.bradleyairport.com).