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Maggie Glisson (right) attended her first Walnut Ridge Regional Airport Commission meeting Monday night after accepting the position of airport manager. Chair Don Cavenaugh said she is settling in well and has knowledge of the field and a strong work ethic.
TD Photo ~ Megan Heyl

Glisson starts job
as airport manager

Megan Heyl
Staff Writer

Fresh from graduation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Ariz., Maggie Glisson of Pocahontas has just started her career with the airport manager position at the Walnut Ridge Regional Airport.

"I've had a good first week, the people here are great and I'm excited to get started on some projects," Glisson said.

With a bachelor of science in aviation business administration, the airport commission is excited to have someone with her knowledge and work ethic step up at the airport, but for Glisson the aviation side of the job was not something she was sure about at first.

"I knew I wanted to work in business, the aviation fell into place," she said.

With an uncle and a cousin who took to the sky and her boyfriend of six years working as a private pilot, Glisson said she was no stranger to flying. While she has a history with aeronautics and a love for planes, she wasn't sure how to fit that into her career.

When deciding on a college, it only took a single visit to Embry to convince Glisson that's where she wanted to attend. She filled out her registration paperwork immediately.

Through her years of higher education, Glisson applied herself and landed an internship at the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport in the summer of 2015.

It was during that internship Glisson got a taste of managing an airport and learned the ins and outs of the job. From that point on, Glisson knew she had chosen the right career path and started looking forward to working in aviation business.

Growing up, Glisson was always community-minded, which was a key consideration made during the hiring process. She looks forward to working with the commission, the Walnut Ridge mayor and other community members moving forward.

She knew she wanted to return to the area after she completed school but wasn't sure about work opportunities in the area.

When she learned about the manager position, she sent in her resume, excited for the opportunity and feeling like it couldn't hurt to apply.

Now with a few days of experience at the airport, Glisson is looking forward to her new role at the airport.

"I think it's going to be a fun, challenging job."

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