Sunny Lee-Fanning became the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Academy Superintendent in October 2011. The Academy is the premier training institute for the FAA and global community. With an annual budget of $150 million and approximately 1,000 government and contractor personnel, Sunny is responsible for the design, development, delivery, and evaluation of technical and management training to agency employees supporting the National Airspace System (NAS), and international participants.
On average, 1,000 students are trained daily with occupations ranging from Electronic Technicians, Engineers, Air Traffic Controllers, Aviation Safety Inspectors, and Airports specialists. The Academy provides resident and out-of-agency training, utilizing the blended learning model to include web-based content design and delivery, satellite-based Aviation Training Network, and other distance learning methodologies.
Employed with the agency for 28 years, Sunny has held numerous leadership positions. She has notable work in creating key partnerships with private industry and universities for innovative ways to improve training and learning to support aviation safety and capacity building. Her work spans both domestic and international travels to include Africa and Asia continents.
Sunny is a graduate of Oklahoma City University with a Masters in Business Administration (MBA), and a Federal Executive Institute Alumni. She is a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM), a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP), and a Certified Insights Instructor. She also serves as president to the Oklahoma City Community College Alumni Board of Directors, an adjunct professor, a member of the Oklahoma State University's Executive Education Partnership Program Advisory Board, and a Senior Leadership Development Program (SLDP) graduate. She and her husband Clarence reside in Northwest Oklahoma City and have three children.