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Mayor Kintigh recommends Powell for Airport Advisory Commission

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Mayor Dennis Kintigh is recommending a prominent community leader as a new member of the city of Roswell Airport Advisory Commission.

ENMU-R President
Shawn Powell

As chair of the commission, Kintigh has suggested that Shawn Powell, president of Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell, fill the unexpired term of a member who resigned during the November meeting.

The Roswell City Council is due to vote on whether to ratify the selection during its Dec. 10 meeting.

Powell has been president of ENMU-R since August 2018.

“If appointed, I would be glad to serve in this capacity to assist the city’s airport operations,” he said. “My interests in the position are based on the college’s location at the Air Center, our academic programming related to aviation, and my past military aviation experience.”

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In addition to holding many senior administrative roles in higher education, Powell served for 30 years with the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard, which included time as an associate professor with the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Powell would be appointed to a term due to expire March 31 that had been held by Bud Kunkel, who is a retired professional appraiser and the past chairman of the Roswell-Chaves County Economic Development Corp.

The commission functions in an advisory role only for city and Air Center staff and the Roswell City Council. Besides Kintigh and the new appointee, other area residents on the Airport Advisory Commission are real estate agent Riley Armstrong, city of Roswell Parks Director Jim Burress and lawyer Amy Jo Coll.

Kintigh said he would like for Powell to serve a full two-year term after completing the initial unexpired term.

“The college at the Air Center is the largest operation at the Air Center, if you include what used to be the base,” said Kintigh. “Dr. Powell’s college has an Airframe and Power Plant program, which is of great interest to all of us and a key part of the Air Center’s future, I believe. And he is a member of the steering committee set up by the city manager and the county manager to review the airport authority concept.”

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 351, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.