David Prather has been named manager of Riverside Airport.
Prather, who has more than 20 years experience in the aviation industry, replaces Kim Ellis, who managed the airport for the last eight years, according to a statement on Riverside’s website.
A professor of aviation at Cal Baptist University, Prather founded that school’s flight school and developed its aviation flight and aviation management majors. He is president of DPrather Aviation Solutions, a Riverside consulting firm.
“Dr. Prather’s education and experience make him highly qualified to manage Riverside Airport,” Interim City Manager Michael Moore said in the statement. “I look forward to him carrying on the tradition of excellent customer service established by Kim Ellis.”
Prather previously served as assistant director of operations at the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority at Tampa International Airport in Florida, and as an associate professor of aerospace at Middle Tennessee State University, according to the statement.