Jeremy's Notebook

New Airport Exec Nominated

January 29, 2013

gregory DonovanPensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward has nominated Gregory Donovan to serve as the next director of the Pensacola International Airport. He will seek confirmation from the Pensacola City Council during its Feb. 11 meeting.

The airport’s current director, Melinda Crawford, announced recently she would be accepting the directorship at Charlottesville Albemarle Airport in Virginia.

For the past five years, Donovan has served as the director for the Okaloosa Airports System. Prior to that, he spent seven years in Pensacola as the assistant airport director.

“Greg is a first class professional who knows our airport and our market,” Hayward said in a released statement.

The mayor referred to the local airport as an invaluable “economic engine” and to Donovan as the “right person” to continue growing the facility.

Donovan is certified as an Accredited Airport Executive (AAE) by the American Association of Airport Executives. In 2011, he was named Aviation Professional of the Year by the Florida Department of Transportation and also served as president of the Florida Airports Council from 2011 to 2012.

  • CJ Lewis January 30, 2013 at 10:18 am

    In the case of Penzone, Hayward claimed he didn’t need to follow the Rules & Procedures of the City Council that require all nominations for appointments to first be presented to the Council’s Committee of the Whole. Hayward announced Penzone’s name “during” the COW meeting with the Council and public having had no notice. Megan Pratt correctly said Hayward was trying to “jerk around” the Council and public.

    Is Hayward going to nominate Donovan this week as required in writing or do as he did in the Penzone mess by having Reynolds announce it aloud during the February 11 COW meeting? I guess we’ll find out which is the proper procedure by noting if the Donovan nomination is included in the COW agenda we can expect to see posted to the city’s website later today.

    I guess one valid question is if someone who only runs a “Regional” airport – Northwest Florida Regional Airport – is truly the most qualfied person to run the Pensacola “International” Airport. It seems a step in the wrong direction unless the plan is to change the airport’s name again, e.g. “Florida’s Upside Airport.”

    I hope Hayward shows up Monday so Council members can ask him about his reported threat last week to have a TSA Officer fired for insisting Hayward must pass through security like everyone else. Hayward reportedly said something idiotic like, “This is my airport.” Can’t wait for someone to get the video clip and post it.

  • Same ole January 29, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Thank you Malinda for the great job you have done since assuming your responsibilities as airport director. You are a class act.

  • dot January 29, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Good choice, he will be a real asset! It will be great to have Greg back.