Airport Authority Begins Search for New Executive Director
August 3, 2015 – Grand Forks, ND – The Grand Forks Regional Airport Authority today announced that Executive Director, Patrick Dame, has resigned his position effective September 11, 2015.
Dame will be the new Executive Director at the Rapid City Regional Airport in South Dakota. He was selected to replace Cameron Humphres who resigned in January of this year.
The Grand Forks Airport Authority Board has appointed Mary Jo Crystal as interim-director.
In his six years at Grand Forks, Dame has overseen the completion of the fourth runway, the construction of the Byron L. Dorgan terminal, a new Aircraft Rescue and Firefighter (ARFF) building and the Stephen M. “Skip” Rucinski Maintenance facility. During Dame’s time at GFK, United Airlines started non-stop air service to Denver, however, the service ended in December 2013.
Karl Bollingberg, Airport Authority Board Chair said, “Patrick has done a tremendous job for the Airport during his time in Grand Forks. Under his leadership, so much has been accomplished and the airport is a better place as a result of his leadership. We are excited for Patrick and the new opportunity he has in Rapid City, South Dakota.”
According to Authority Executive Director Patrick Dame, “I have really enjoyed my time in Grand Forks over the past six and a half years. The Airport Authority Staff and Authority Board have accomplished so much for your airport and there is still more to do. Thank you to the Community.”
Over the past six years, Grand Forks has increased passenger traffic from 86,000 to a record high of 148,800 in 2013.