Baylor Institute for Air Science Announces New Major Program

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Sept. 16, 2015

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WACO, Texas (Sept. 16, 2015) – Baylor Institute for Air Science is for the first time offering a new major in aviation administration to provide a curriculum for students interested in working for the business side of aviation.

Trey Cade, Ph.D., director of Baylor Institute for Air Science, is excited about the new possibility for students. The program was developed after a number of collegiate aviation programs began offering management or administration major options. Numerous current and prospective Baylor students were asking for this major, so Cade knew the demand was there.

“In conjunction with our current aviation sciences major, this gives our students a more complete range of options when considering how they wish to pursue the aviation profession,” Cade said. “This is a great opportunity for aviation students to take advantage of Baylor’s tremendous and highly regarded Hankamer School of Business.”

Allen Seward, Ph.D., director of Baylor Business Fellows, believes this new addition will significantly strengthen aviation students’ skill sets.

“The combination of technical and institutional detail from aviation sciences with management and general business skills will result in a new generation of professionals with the background to handle to full gamut of issues that arise in aviation administration careers,” Seward said.

This semester is the first for the aviation administration program. The program already has two students enrolled in the major and many more who are considering it.

“We’ve had Baylor alumni who’ve said they would have absolutely pursued this major had it been available at the time,” Cade said. “In fact, some of them are even considering coming back to Baylor to get it.”

“Every once in a while Baylor steps up to institute a new program that will make some part of the world a better place,” Seward said. “Such innovations are always the result of one person with vision, passion and perseverance. Trey Cade has brought this change to Baylor University in a way that will make the aviation world a better place. That is a world that touches all of us, directly or indirectly.”

For more information and a listing of required courses, contact Trey Cade.

by Bethany Harper, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 16,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.

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