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Ken Dufour is going Hollywood, via LeClaire, Iowa.
Dufour, a Rockford businessman who may be best known here as a trustee of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, is the latest Rockfordian to be featured in an episode of American Pickers. He’ll be on this Monday, Dec. 12, to appraise an antique plane engine.
American Pickers is a popular History Channel show featuring the antique hunting adventures of Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, who search the country for treasures in barns and junk piles. Wolfe …
Local dreams for an Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University campus have been put to sleep by the economy for now, and maybe forever.
Instead, Embry-Riddle will expand without building a new campus, partnering with local aerospace companies next fall by offering master’s degrees and a bachelor’s degree for their employees.
“We’re not opening a residential campus,” said Ken Dufour, an Embry-Riddle trustee and Rockford businessman, who said the prolonged economic malaise is a major reason for the plans. “I would like to build a residential campus here, but I don’t think that is a prudent and wise thing to do.”
Local business leaders will help a Florida company find the next boss at Chicago Rockford International Airport.
Local search committee members are:
- Andreas Schell, Hamilton Sundstrand
- Bill Gorski of SwedishAmerican Health System
- Lori Burke, Savant Capital Management
- Sunil Puri, First Rockford Group
- John Holmstrom III, William Charles
- Ken DuFour, Aviation Management Consulting, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University trustee
- Jim Ryan, administrator, City of Rockford
Airport Board Chairman Bharat Puri said people chosen for the local search committee have a “deep investment in the community and know the needs of the airport.”
Johnson plans to meet this month with corporate execs in northern Illinois on the idea. Johnson spoke about possible educational partnerships with Rockford area aerospace companies Monday during a state of the university address in Daytona Beach, Fla.
About 150 people ate cookies and cake at a birthday party for Rockford’s Embry-Riddle Worldwide campus Tuesday.
But officials who held the bash had little new to share on Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s timetable for picking a third residential campus.
Sites in Rockford and Houston are both being considered by the Daytona Beach, Fla., aeronautical university for expansion.