Deputy Director/Chief Operating Officer, Aviation Department, of The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Susan M. Baer is the featured speaker at the York College (www.york.cuny.edu) Executive Leadership Breakfast hosted by President Marcia V. Keizs and The CUNY Aviation Institute at York College Thursday, March 12, 2009, 8:00 – 9:30 a.m., in the Faculty Dining Room, Academic Core Building, 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., Jamaica, NY. She will be the inaugural recipient of the “CUNY Aviation Institute Award for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership.”
Baer is the first person to manage all of the airports for The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and the first woman to manage any airport. She is responsible for five Port Authority Airports – John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia, Stewart International and Teterboro Airports, which last year handled 110 million passengers on 1.5 million flights. She managed LaGuardia Airport from 1994 to 1998, Newark Liberty International and Teterboro Airports from 1998 to 2007 and John F. Kennedy International Airport from 2007 to 2008.
Baer is a 33-year veteran of the Port Authority. She began her career with the bistate agency as a management analyst. In 1985, she was promoted from manager of the Public Services Division of the Tunnels, Bridges and Terminals Department to manager of the Lincoln Tunnel. The following year she was named manager of the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan, the world’s busiest transportation hub. She was the first woman ever promoted to those positions.