Ithaca, N.Y. — Michael Hall is an Ithaca native, spent 27 years in the military and commanded the 174th attack wing of the Air National Guard at the Hancock field base in Syracuse.

So it’s no small wonder that the Tompkins County Legislature has unanimously voted to make Hall, a long-time member of the Tompkins County Air Service Board, the interim manager of the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport.

The new appointment was announced Tuesday night. Bob Nicholas, the current airport manager, will retire on July 31 after serving in the job for 25 years.

Bob Nichols is retiring after 25 years. (Courtesy of the airport’s Facebook page)
Bob Nichols is retiring after 25 years. (Courtesy of the airport’s Facebook page)

According to Tompkins County Public Information Officer Marcia Lynch, Hall — a Cornell graduate — has also:
– Served as the commissioner of the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs.
– Been the chair of the NYS Disaster Preparedness Commission.
– Helped transform the National Warplane Museum in Elmira into the Wings of Eagles Discovery Center, a regional science academy for youth.

“Hall is quite familiar with airport operations, the FAA, safety regulations governing airports, and how to lead and manage staff,” said Administrator Joe Mareane in a news release.

Hall will “bring insights, energy, organizational skills and leadership to the job as we work to optimize the efficiency and performance of the airport,” Mareane said.

A national search is currently underway for a new airport manager.

Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.