Texas Woman’s University Names Aviation School’s Inaugural Director

A veteran aviation educator and pilot, J. Clinton Grant is currently Tarrant County College’s dean of aviation, business, and logistics. TWU said the top goal of its aviation program—which snagged a $15 million grant in May—is to produce more women commercial pilots.

Veteran aviation educator and pilot J. Clinton Grant has been selected to serve as the inaugural director of Texas Woman’s University’s new Doswell School of Aeronautical Sciences and will begin his new role on October 23.

Clint Grant is TWU’s first director of the Doswell School of Aeronautical Sciences. [Photo: Texas Women’s University]

Currently, Grant is Tarrant County College’s dean of aviation, business and logistics, which includes programming for prospective professional pilots and aviation maintenance, among other areas.

“Clint Grant has a wealth of aviation experience that spans both the academic and corporate arenas. His reputation will give the Doswell School instant credibility and put our aeronautical sciences program in a strong position to flourish as it recruits faculty and students and launches its inaugural year,” O. Finley Graves, TWU’s interim executive vice president for academic affairs and provost, said in a statement. “We couldn’t be more pleased with his hire. We know he will hit the ground running when he assumes his role as director.”

Grant has been in higher education since 2000 and he has designed curriculum and led development in the area of pilot training at Tarrant County College. Also, Grant has held aircraft maintenance positions with major commercial airlines, beginning in 1988.

Grant earned a bachelor’s degree in aviation technology and avionics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 1988 and an MBA is business finance from the University of North Texas in 1996.

The goal: more women commercial pilots

In May, TWU announced a $15 million grant from the Doswell Foundation to support the new aeronautical sciences program. The university’s largest gift from a foundation, the funds will support faculty, equipment, and scholarships.

Texas Woman’s said it is seeking approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to begin the aviation program in fall 2024.

Once launched, the Denton-based university will seek Federal Aviation Administration approval for the program. Texas Woman’s said it plans to offer a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Sciences with two tracks: one in professional pilot training and the other in aviation management.

TWU said the aviation program’s top goal is to produce more women commercial pilots. FAA-approved coursework will allow graduates to apply for a Restricted Airline Transport Pilot Certification, which lowers the number of flight hours required from 1,500 to 1,000.

Graduates can become commercial pilots in less time with less expense, TWU said.

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