Spartan College recently hired John Fitzpatrick as the new director of Flight Operations for Spartan’s pilot program, where he will oversee all operations of Tulsa’s flight campus. Having spent over two decades in corporate management, Fitzpatrick served most recently as chief operating officer for ISACO Flight Training in Redding, Calif.
Fitzpatrick is a 1978 graduate of the University of Tulsa’s Electrical Engineering College and served 12 years as a fighter pilot with Tulsa’s 125th Tactical Fighter Squadron graduating Top Gun from the Fighter Weapons Instructor School in 1985. He has over 35 years of executive management experience in companies including Hewlett-Packard, Harley-Davidson, and Indian Motorcycles. Mr. Fitzpatrick holds certificates in Commercial Pilot, Multiengine Land, Certified Flight Instrument Instructor, Certified Flight Instructor, and Advanced Ground Instructor.
“Spartan College has a critical role to play in the future of airline services nationwide,” said Fitzpatrick. “I look forward to utilizing my experience in aviation training to assist with Spartan’s exponential growth in the coming years.”
Fitzpatrick holds a Masters in Criminal Justice (specializing in Cyber Security) from Boston College, and a B.A. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tulsa. He also served as 2nd Lt., USAF Reserve Officer in the Air National Guard and valedictorian of his class for the Tulsa Police Reserve.
“John is a tremendous addition to our leadership team and is a great asset for Spartan’s long-term, strategic growth plan,” Dr. Peterson said. “His management experience, coupled with his flight background, fits perfectly with Spartan’s needs.”