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The Dallas Morning News Robert Miller column: New executives taking over at Frontiers of Flight Museum [The Dallas Morning News]
[December 29, 2009]

The Dallas Morning News Robert Miller column: New executives taking over at Frontiers of Flight Museum [The Dallas Morning News]

(Dallas Morning News (TX) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Dec. 29--There's been a changing of the guard at the Frontiers of Flight Museum as it completes its 20th year of operation.

Museum co-founders U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, board chairwoman, and Jan Collmer, president, have stepped down and will be succeeded by Hugh McElroy as chairman and Dan Hamilton as president and executive director.

McElroy was already a board member, and Hamilton has been executive director of the museum since 2002.

Hutchison and Collmer will continue to work with the museum, Hutchison as chairman emeritus and Collmer as president emeritus.

"Jan and I are both extremely proud of the museum's achievements and look forward to its continued success and development," Hutchison said.

"We enjoy sharing the museum's mission to educate, motivate and inspire the next generation. We are confident that this transition of leadership to Hugh and Dan, along with the continued strength of our board, museum staff and volunteers, will ensure the ongoing success of the museum." Collmer said: "We have seen the museum grow tremendously over these past two decades from its humble beginnings at the Dallas Love Field terminal to a world-class center for aviation history, science and technology. As a Smithsonian affiliate, the museum has developed international acclaim as a historical and educational resource.

"I am confident under Hugh's vision and leadership, the museum will continue to prosper and grow." McElroy is president of the BBA Aviation Engine Repair and Overhaul Group and its constituent companies Dallas Airmotive, Premier Turbines, International Turbine Services, Barrett Turbine Engine Co. and H+S Aviation.

He has served on the boards of the American Red Cross and UT Southwestern Medical Center, and he's chairman emeritus of the Millville Army Airfield Museum, at the site of the first U.S. defense airport and advanced P-40 and P-47 fighter training base during World War II.

Hamilton has been responsible for leading the Frontiers of Flight Museum's ongoing operations. Before joining the museum, he was CEO of an engineering and manufacturing firm that specialized in factory automation and semiconductor processing equipment.

The Frontiers of Flight Museum, at 6911 Lemmon Ave., was founded in 1988. The third co-founder was the late William E. Cooper. The museum chronicles historic aircraft and space vehicles, including the command module from the Apollo 7 space mission.

Its education programs focus on mathematics, science and aerospace technology.

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