Embry-Riddle Picked Top Arizona Companies to Work For

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) has been selected as one of the “Top 125 Companies in Arizona to Work For.”

ERAU was the only higher education institution selected in Arizona. It also was the only company named in Central Arizona.

The announcement was made in late June by the Arizona Commerce Authority, Republic Media and The Arizona Republic. They partnered with Best Companies Group (BCG) and Best Companies AZ to collect data and then select the outstanding organizations for the year.

ERAU President Barry Butler said, “It is important the faculty and staff feel that Embry-Riddle is a good place to work because that fuels the encouragement and support they can give our students — our first priority.”

Newly named ERAU-Prescott Chancellor Anette M. Karlsson was in Prescott in mid-July and said of coming to campus, “I am honored to be named Chancellor of this leading dynamic university. The exceptional reputation of this campus and its faculty, staff and students is worldwide. For me to have an opportunity to help students achieve their personal and professional ambitions is gratifying.”

Karlsson, who has a Ph.D. in mechanical and aerospace engineering, officially began Aug. 1. She and her husband Rick will be moving to Prescott from Cleveland State University.
ERAU’s being selected as a top company reflects the global reputation Arizona has as a state in which business can thrive, said Sandra Watson, President and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority.

Companies selected as the top 125 were scrutinized rigorously before final decisions were announced. Peter B. Burke, President and Co-founder of BCG, said a goal of the program was to raise the bar among the region’s employers, creating a reputation of excellence and employee engagement in the workplace that will attract talented people.

ERAU-Prescott is the western campus of the world’s largest, oldest and most comprehensive higher education institution specializing in aviation, aerospace, engineering, cyber-security and related programs. The university offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as doctoral programs.

ERAU’s Prescott campus anticipates a record enrollment this fall. Officials said that more than 3,000 students are expected when the fall semester begins Aug. 21.