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2012.06.20 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

Vlasek Named Aviation Director

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) has named Scott Vlasek director of the Aviation Institute after serving eight months as interim director. Just the program’s fourth director, Vlasek replaced Scott Tarry in September when Tarry left to become director of Nebraska’s Strategic Air and Space Museum.

Vlasek, who has a Bachelor’s of General Studies and Master’s of Public Administration from UNO, has worked with the Aviation Institute since 1995, when he was a student assistant.

“I am very excited about this opportunity and look forward to continuing the great tradition of the program,” he said.

In addition to his duties as director, Vlasek will continue to serve as the faculty advisor for UNO’s competitive aviation team, the Flying Mavs, which are three-time reigning champions of Region IV of the National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA). Just last month, the Flying Mavs were awarded the prestigious Loening Trophy at NIFA’s national competition. The award goes to the top aviation program in the nation.

“Scott Vlasek has been the mainstay of the Aviation Institute, and is an obvious choice for director,” said John Bartle, acting dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS). “He has done an excellent job this year, leading the Institute through a successful re-accreditation and the successes of the Flight Team. The Loening Trophy affirms that the Institute is a premier quality program. I look forward to future success of the Institute under Scott’s leadership.”

Vlasek will also continue his role as internship coordinator for the program, assisting students in securing real-world experience and potential employment opportunities.

“I truly enjoy working with the students of the program and local aviation community,” he said. “Continuing to build the relationships with the local aviation community through internships and other programs will be a key goal for me.”

UNO’s Aviation Institute, which is part of CPACS, was formed in 1990 and, today, offers undergraduate degrees in air transport administration and professional flight, and a graduate degree specialization within UNO’s School of Public Administration.

Vlasek will officially assume his duties as director on July 1.

Scott Vlasek Loening Trophy

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