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Dr. Prather served as Assistant Director of Operations at Tampa International Airport (TPA) from 1998 to 2006, Associate Professor of Aerospace at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) from 2006 to 2012, and Founding Chair of Aviation Science at California Baptist University (CBU) from 2012 to 2018. Dr. Prather currently serves as Professor of Aviation Science at CBU. In this position, Dr. Prather teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in the field of aviation/airport management and conducts research in the field.

As a former President of the University Aviation Association (UAA), Dr. Prather is active in the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA). Dr. Prather is an Accredited Airport Executive through AAAE, a Certified Aviation Manager through the NBAA, and an instrument-rated private pilot. He is also an active aviation industry consultant, often busy on projects with the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) of the Transportation Research Board (TRB). He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, a Master of Public Administration degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of North Alabama, and a Bachelor of Commercial Aviation degree from Delta State University.

In addition to the Airport Management textbook, Dr. Prather is author of General Aviation Marketing and Management: Operating, Marketing and Managing an FBO. He is also a corporate and airport trainer, and regularly provides leadership training at NBAA and Helicopter Association International (HAI) events.

Not counting his one year as a flight coordinator intern at FedEx Express while in college, or flight training he undertook while in high school, Dr. Prather entered the aviation industry in 1996 and has never looked back. Visit Dr. Prather at www.dprather.com.

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