City Offers "Big Texas Welcome" To Embry-Riddle
Hundreds of business and community leaders, aviation and
aerospace professionals, and others gathered at Houston's Ellington
Airport (KEFD) Wednesday to welcome Embry-Riddle Aeronautical
University President Dr. John Johnson, who is exploring the
possibility of naming Houston as a new campus site for the
university specializing in aviation and aerospace.
In remarks made at KEFD, Dr. Johnson shared his vision to open a
third campus for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to meet the
world's aerospace needs. Embry-Riddle has more than 100,000 alumni,
and the enrollment for a new campus is estimated to be 1,000
aerospace and aviation students.
"As home to Ellington Airport and NASA, Houston would be the
perfect location for Embry-Riddle students," said Mayor Annise
Parker. "This is a university that would provide education in a
specialized field that would bring even more prestige to Houston,
which is why we hope to be their final choice."
Houston Area Sectional
Houston leaders offered details about why the fourth largest
city in the United States is a good fit for Embry-Riddle. Houston
is home to numerous aviation and aerospace facilities
Ellington Airport (KEFD), military and general aviation airport
with more than 90 years of history and 600 acres for
William P. Hobby Airport (KHOU), low-cost carrier airport
serving million passengers.
George Bush Intercontinental Airport (KIAH), the largest hub
for the largest airline in the world and the eighth busiest airport
in the United States serves 40 million passengers.
NASA's Johnson Space Center with hundreds of allied businesses
in the region and a workforce of more than 14,000 employees.
"The first words spoken as man was landing on the moon were,
'Houston, the eagle has landed,'" said Mario C. Diaz, Houston
Airport System director of aviation. "Houston hopes to land the new
campus site for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University."