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Leadership Team

The Virginia Department of Aviation is led by the agency director who is appointed by the Governor of Virginia and serves under the direction of the Secretary of Transportation.

The agency director, along with the Executive Leadership Team, are responsible for ensuring the agency accomplishes its mission of  improve airport facilities, provide safe air transportation, cultivate new technologies, inspire the next generation, and foster economic development in the Commonwealth.

Greg Campbell Portrait

Gregory W. (Greg) Campbell - Agency Director

Greg Campbell was named Director of the Virginia Department of Aviation (DOAV) effective Feb. 14, 2022. Prior to his appointment by Gov. Glenn Youngkin, Greg was the Executive Director of the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (SHD), a position he held for 30 years.
As DOAV Director, Greg oversees a team of 35 professionals who grow local communities through economic development; serve the 65 public-use airports across the Commonwealth; meet the transportation needs of Virginians; assist in workforce development; and support the $22.9 billion aviation industry in Virginia.

In addition to his daily responsibilities, Greg serves on board of the Governor’s Aerospace Advisory Council; the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority; the Virginia Resources Authority; the Washington Airports Task Force; the Virginia Small Aircraft Transportation Systems Lab; and the Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society.

Greg is a certified member of the American Association of Airport Executives and a past president of the Virginia Airport Operators’ Council. He is a past president of the Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce; former chairman of the Shenandoah Valley Partnership; and recently served as a board member on Go Virginia Region 8.

Greg was named Airport Manager of the Year in 1996, and was selected as Aviation Person of the Year in 2012. He received the James Madison University Public Servant Award in 2013. Greg earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Bridgewater College.

Finance and Administration

Laurie Brown - Administrative and Operations Manager

Laurie’s team is responsible for managing all day-to-day business processes and ensures that fiscal and accounting functions of the agency are carried out in accordance with the Virginia Department of Accounts (DOA) Commonwealth Accounting Policies and Procedures (CAPP) Manual.

Airport Services

Vernon Carter - Director of Airport Services

Vernon is responsible for leading our team’s strategic efforts to manage funding programs, on behalf of the Department of Aviation, in addition to managing our team’s delivery of services to airport sponsors and managers, consultants, local governments, and other stakeholders.

Communications and Education Division

John Campbell - Director of Communications and Education

John’s team supports the DOAV’s organizational mission by helping to build the public’s appreciation of the importance of aviation and working to inspire the next generation of aviation professionals. This team manages communication activities and relays to relevant aviation messages to 

Flight Operations

Watson Felts - Director of Flight Operations

Watson’s team administers, maintains and schedules state-owned aircraft to provide safe, secure and cost-effective transportation for emergency services, economic development prospects, the Administration and other Commonwealth of Virginia agencies for the conduct of their business.
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