March 18, 2013 - Former Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport executive Jane Morris has been named the new Executive Director of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. Morris, 53, takes over for Lynn Kusy, who retired March 14.
Morris joined Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in November after retiring last June as Deputy City Manager with the City of Phoenix, where she worked for 28 years. The city owns and manages Sky Harbor and is also part owner of Gateway Airport.
For seven years, she held various leadership roles at Sky Harbor International Airport including Assistant Aviation Director and Deputy Director of Planning and Environmental Services.
Morris' original position at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport was to oversee the planning and execution of the Gateway 2030 plan, which includes the design and construction of the next passenger terminal facility and supporting infrastructure.
Other positions that Morris held were General Manager of the Phoenix Convention Center and oversight of the Public Transit Department and metro Light Rail.
Morris holds a Master's degree in Public Administration from Arizona State University. She was named Woman of the Year, Women in Transportation 2011. She holds accreditation from the American Association of Airport Executives and has taken active roles in ACI-NA.
"Jane is a gifted executive with strong credentials whose leadership at the City of Phoenix helped to expand its airport and city infrastructure," said Mesa Mayor Scott Smith in a statement. "The Airport Board of Directors decided that her experience made her the ideal candidate to lead Gateway Airport at this moment in time when we are highly focused on growing our passenger service amenities."
Nearly 1 million people to be able to arrive, depart annually
"There's going to be plenty of passengers for both of us," said Paul Blue, Sky Harbor's director for business and properties.