As enrollment grows at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the campus infrastructure to include classrooms, labs, residence halls, and other facilities, must follow. One of the responsibilities of the university’s board of trustees is to approve such projects, in addition to all expenditures over one million dollars. Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees, Mori Hosseini, visited the Prescott campus on Friday, April 19, to see plans for future development and meet students working on research projects. Hosseini, who will become the chair of the board this summer, and is currently the chair of the construction and planning committee of the board. He is also the CEO of ICI Homes, Florida’ largest residential developer and homebuilder. Born in Iran, Hosseini received his degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Chelsea College of Aeronautical Engineering. He later attended ERAU Daytona Beach, and received a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Studies in addition to a Master of Business Administration. His expertise in construction and the degree offerings of ERAU make Hosseini an expert in guiding the university’s infrastructure future.
Currently, the ERAU administration, including Chancellor Dr. Frank Ayers, and David Hall, Director of Business and Finance Department, have been focusing their attention on a renovation of the athletic facilities to support Embry-Riddle’s growing list of collegiate sports. Also on the shortlist are several laboratory facilities including the physics lab, which is already programmed and funded.
During his visit, Hosseini was excited to see several student projects including an aeronautical engineering detail design project by Hi-Ho Industries, the student-built meteorology lab, and physics projects. “Mr. Hosseini was so impressed by our students, staff, and their academic and athletic excellence,” said Dr. Ayers Friday afternoon. On the heels of the campus’ largest Preview Day turnout in history, Hosseini’s visit came at an ideal time. On Saturday, April 13, 228 students and over 600 visitors came to ERAU for Preview Day, a 21 percent increase from last year.
After his visit to the campus, Hosseini will take the discussed information back to the construction and planning committee for a final decision on the remodels. According to Dr. Ayers, Hosseini “[Made] a special effort to visit the campus before the meeting,” to express his support and admiration for the faculty, students, and staff of the campus, and make a more informed decision.