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Campbell To Retire As Executive Director Of MAA

Timothy L. Campbell, executive director of the Maryland Aviation Administration, is retiring after nearly four years in the position.

Campbell has 35 years of aviation management experience, including his recent tenure heading Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall International (BWI). He started in the industry in 1974 as assistant to the aviation director at Boston Logan International (BOS). From there, he went on to management positions in Newport News, Va.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and Salt Lake City, Utah, before landing at BWI.

“Tim Campbell is one of the best aviation professionals in the country,” says Maryland Transportation Secretary Beverley K. Swaim-Staley. “He has a rock-solid management style and an unwavering ability to remain focused on providing excellent customer service, even in these challenging economic times. It is because of his skill that BWI Marshall Airport has been able to weather this unprecedented period in the history of commercial aviation.  We will deeply miss his talent but I wish he and his wife, Marilyn, well as they begin this new chapter in their lives.”

During his tenure, Campbell oversaw the integration of the new Terminal A/B complex into the airport’s operation. He has served as chairman of the American Association of Airport Executives and the International Association of Airport Executives. He will officially retire Dec. 31.

Paul J. Wiedefeld has been appointed to head the MAA, a post he held from 2002 to 2005; he currently serves as administrator of the Maryland Transit Administration

“With Tim Campbell’s departure, BWI Marshall needs another strong, experienced leader at the helm,” Swaim-Staley says. “It is important to maintain the momentum the airport enjoys today as the commercial aviation environment becomes increasingly competitive. Paul has done a fantastic job at the MTA. His passion for customer service, his knowledge of the airport business and his strong management ability are exactly what we now need to build on the progress Tim has made at BWI Marshall.”

Raymond C. Nichols, a Maryland Aviation Commission member, says he is “proud to have served with Tim since his appointment in 2005.”

“He has proven to be a strong manager during these trying times and leaves big shoes to fill,” he says. “We are extremely fortunate that Paul Wiedefeld has agreed to return to MAA. Having worked side by side with Paul during his earlier service as executive director, I know that the future of BWI Marshall and aviation in Maryland is in excellent hands”