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City Manager Harold Stewart is asking the City Council to support his recommended hiring of Jennifer Eckman as the new director at the Minot International Airport after a nationwide search process.
The City Council will consider Stewart’s recommendation at the Council meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 7. If the Council confirms Eckman’s selection, she would begin Oct. 4.
“I’m pleased to support Jennifer as the airport director for the City of Minot,” Stewart said. “She has more than 17 years of wide-ranging experience in airport management, and we would be excited to have her lead the great staff we already have in place at the Minot International Airport.”
Eckman, who has completed the Accredited Airport Executive (AAE) program, has been the manager of the Northern Plains UAS Test Site in Grand Forks, N.D., since January 2019. She was previously the airport manager in Jamestown, N.D., the deputy airport director for finance and administration in Rapid City, S.D., and served as the airport administrative assistant and airport real estate specialist at Paine Field/Snohomish County Airport in Everett, Wash.
Originally from North Dakota, Eckman completed a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in airport management from the University of North Dakota in May 1999, and received a Masters of Fine Arts from California State University-Long Beach in May 2004. She is scheduled to complete her Master of Business Administration in May 2022.