For Immediate Release

Release No. ASW 06-03
October 7, 2003
Contact: John Clabes
Phone: (405) 954-7500

Subheading: Veteran Air Traffic Manager to Report in October

FORT WORTH – Doug Murphy, a veteran FAA air traffic manager, has been named the Federal Aviation Administration’s Northwest Mountain Regional administrator. The appointment is effective Oct. 19.

Ruth Leverenz, assistant administrator for regions and center operations, said Murphy is an excellent choice to succeed Larry Andriesen, who retired earlier this year. Thomas Busker has been serving as acting regional administrator.

“Mr. Murphy’s experience in the FAA’s air traffic system and his extensive knowledge of all phases of our operations will pay great dividends in this important position,” Leverenz said.

Murphy said he is honored to be selected and is “looking forward to this exciting new challenge.” He will report to Renton, Wash., near Seattle, in October. The seven-state region includes: Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Murphy, manager of the FAA’s Southwest Region air traffic division for eight years, has been with the agency for 33 years and has held supervisory and key management positions in field facilities, the FAA Academy and three regional headquarters. He has served as director of air traffic program management at FAA headquarters in Washington, D.C., and is the senior member of the FAA’s air traffic management team.

He has received numerous national awards for service and has been recognized as manager of the year four times by the National Hispanic Coalition. Murphy has received three major awards from the National Black Coalition. He has been a member of the FAA’s senior executive service for nine years. He received the Air Traffic Control Association’s 1999 Quesada award as the nation’s outstanding air traffic manager.

He holds bachelor and master’s degrees in aviation management and authored the book PATCO and the FAA: Relationship and Its Effect on the Air Traffic System of the United States.

He received a Congressional commendation for helping rebuild the air traffic controller work force as acting superintendent of the FAA’s Academy in Oklahoma City.