San Angelo Regional Airport hires new director amid plans for improvements

(Utah Airport Operators Association Directory)

The City of San Angelo has hired a new airport director for the San Angelo Regional Airport.

Jeremy Valgardson, manager of the Cedar City Regional Airport in Utah since Feb. 2015, will begin his new position on Jan. 16, 2019.

Valgardson earned his bachelor's degree in aviation science from Utah Valley University and his master's degree in aviation management from Arizona State University. He is a professional pilot and certified member of the American Association of Airport Executives.

While at Cedar City Regional Airport, Valgardson made many advancements, including securing more than $40 million in state and federal grants for improvements.

Valgardson coordinated an airport master plan for Cedar City, making him an excellent choice for the San Angelo Regional Airport, whose master plan recently began.

"This is an exciting opportunity for me and for my family," Valgardson stated. "I'm impressed with which San Angelo has sought a second carrier, the improvements it has made to the terminal and the airfield, and the plans for making San Angelo Regional Airport an even more important economic driver."

The city's airport director manages staff, operations and commercial leases at the San Angelo Regional Airport.

San Angelo Regional Airport-Mathis field, serving more than 66,000 passengers via five American Eagle flights daily, is looking to expand by pursuing a second carrier service to another commercial hub.

San Angelo's economic development officials are working to position the airport as a place for industrial ventures to grow their businesses and create jobs.

Deputy Director Mitch Sprunger had served as interim airport director since July.

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