A Florida aerospace school operated by the Sun 'n Fun Aerospace Expo team in Lakeland will have a new executive director June 1, though Eric Crump is a familiar face.
“Over the last ten years, as the former airport director of Lakeland Linder International Airport, I’ve had the opportunity to watch Eric build the aerospace program at Polk State College into the robust aerospace educational institution it is today,” Conrad said in an announcement posted online. "Eric is a dynamic, passionate aviation professional and educator and we are extremely fortunate to have him join our ACE team.”
Crump's past involvement with the show dates to 2008, and he has been an exhibitor, sponsor, and volunteer. Crump opened the Polk State College Aerospace program in 2012, and under his leadership the program grew from nine students pursing one degree option to nearly 300 students working toward one of four available degrees. Polk State was the first public college in Florida to offer a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace studies. Crump previously worked as content manager and chief instructor for Gleim Publications, as an instructor at Middle Tennessee State University, and as a corporate pilot.
“I am honored to be asked to join this organization,” Crump said in the online announcement. “I have known and worked with this team for many years on countless collaborative projects. I have no doubt that, together, we will be able to build on the outstanding position this organization is in and propel it even further. We have an incredible opportunity to make a lasting impression on thousands of young people. I’m ready to get to work!”