Board of Commissioners
The Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport is managed by the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority. The five member Board of Commissioners is appointed by the Mayor City of Jackson and confirmed by the Jackson City Council.
Presently the Board consists of:
Dr. Sylvia Stewart,
Dr. Sylvia Stewart is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and is the Chief Financial Officer for Peoples Insurance Companies. Active and involved in many career-related associations, Dr. Stewart serves on the Board of Directors of First American Bank, Jackson/Hinds Minority Capital Fund and the City of Jackson Planning and Zoning Board. As Chairman of the Foundation for Downtown Development and Vice Chairman of the Farish Street Historic District Neighborhood Foundation, Dr. Stewart is extensively involved with the betterment of community life in Jackson. Through her efforts on both the Metropolitan and Farish Street YMCA Boards, Dr. Stewart has helped launch many successful programs for inner-city youth.
Chief Executive Officer
Dirk B. Vanderleest, Chief Executive Officer
Employed since 1990, Mr. Vanderleest is responsible for the overall management of the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority and its 105 employees. Prior to assuming the position of CEO, he was Airport Manager for the Huntsville-Madison county Airport in Huntsville, Alabama for five years. He is a graduate of Auburn University and a member of the American Association of Airport Executives.