Director of Manhattan airport to resign

MANHATTAN (KSNT) – The City of Manhattan announced Friday that the director of Manhattan Regional Airport plans to resign in 2015.

Peter VanKuren will resign as director of Manhattan Regional Airport (MHK) effective May 15, 2015. City Manager Ron Fehr, City announced the resignation Friday.

“Although I am very appreciative of Peter giving substantial advance notice of his desire to relocate to the east coast to be closer to family, we will certainly miss his expertise and leadership for the Manhattan Regional Airport,” Fehr said. “Peter has played a vital role in the successful growth in air travel and airport improvements for our region. He was instrumental in obtaining grant funds, planning, design and beginning construction for the new $16 million airport terminal facility with Phase 1 nearly complete. Peter was also instrumental in helping to recruit and secure American Airlines jet service to Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and ultimately Chicago (ORD) and growing usage of the airport to 60,000 passengers per year.”

VanKuren started his career with the City in May 2006.

“I feel fortunate to have served this community during such a dynamic period of growth,” VanKuren said. “It has been professionally fulfilling to join with hard working and talented city staff, professionals from private industry and public officials from all levels of government to realize the many successes we have achieved. I am excited to focus my attention on family and look forward to enrolling in college to further my education as a lifelong learner.”

A national search will be conducted in the first quarter of 2015 for his replacement.

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