The Charleston County Aviation Authority Board today elected officers, including a new leader following Chairman Andy Savage’s decision to step down due to a busy work schedule.
Savage, a Charleston attorney, has been a member of the board for five years and chairman for three. In succeeding him, former Mount Pleasant Mayor Billy Swails thanked Savage for his leadership at a difficult time – as the Aviation Authority was embarking on its $189 million terminal redevelopment
“Andy Savage came in at a very difficult time and did a wonderful job. I don’t
know anybody else with the expertise to do the job he did,” said Swails, a board member since 2009. “He made my job for the next year a lot easier because of the years he served ahead of me.”
Paul Campbell, executive director and CEO of the Aviation Authority, said Savage’s leadership was integral to Charleston International Airport’s growth. CHS service more than 3.1 million passengers in 2014 and has embarked on the first major renovation of the airport since it was built and opened in 1985.
“His leadership was a big part of the success we have had here in Charleston,” Campbell said. “He has added greatly to our unprecedented growth. We thank him for his service as chairman.”
In addition to Swails, Walter Hundley was reelected vice chairman. Also reelected were Helen Hilll, secretary, and Spencer Pryor, treasurer. Board member Margaret Seidler was elected assistant treasurer.
The officers will serve a one-year term through September 2016.