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UPDATE: TCRA executive director leaving for post at Raleigh-Durham International

February 11th, 2013 2:23 pm by Hank Hayes

Updated at 10 p.m.


BLOUNTVILLE — Tri-Cities Regional Airport Executive Director Patrick Wilson will be taking the position of deputy airport director at Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU), TCRA announced Monday.


He will oversee airport operations at RDU, an airport processing more than nine million passengers in 2011.


Wilson has held the executive director position at TCRA for eight years and was previously deputy executive director for eight years.


In recent years, Wilson has been overseeing development on TCRA’s south side airfield with the help of federal grants.


Wilson also transitioned TCRA’s governing structure from an Airport Commission to an Airport Authority.


Wilson anticipates moving into his new position at the end of March.


“I am very thankful for the opportunity I have had to work at Tri-Cities Regional Airport,” Wilson said in a prepared release. “The Airport Authority is made up of dedicated employees and commissioners who have always worked hard to provide the region a great airport. I will miss being a part of this team.”


Airport Authority Chairman Jim Rector said of Wilson: “Patrick has been an excellent leader for Tri-Cities Airport. During his tenure, he has provided a steady hand, leading the airport through extensive terminal and airfield projects, property issues, development of the south side of the airfield and the transition of the Airport Commission to an Airport Authority, all while keeping the airport in good financial shape.”


TCRA has not received any local tax dollars since 1967, when the main terminal was constructed.


The Airport Authority Executive Committee will meet this week to determine the path forward in conducting a search for a new executive director.


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Tri-Cities Regional Airport Executive Director Patrick Wilson will be taking the position of Deputy Airport Director of Operations at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, TCRA announced today.


Wilson has held the Executive Director position at TCRA for 8 years and was previously Deputy Executive Director for 8 years. Wilson anticipates transitioning into his new position at the end of March.


“I am very thankful for the opportunity I have had to work at Tri-Cities Regional Airport,” said Wilson. “The Airport Authority is made up of dedicated employees and commissioners who have always worked hard to provide the region a great airport. I will miss being a part of this team.”


The Airport Authority Executive Committee will meet this week to determine the path forward in conducting a search for a new executive director

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