Suzanne Markle, CEO, Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics


Suzanne Markle is President and Chief Executive Officer of Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics, overseeing the strategic direction and daily operation of all PIA locations and programs.

Since joining the organization in 1999, Markle has served in positions including general studies faculty, coordinator for educational development, assistant to the dean, director of alumni services, and director of admissions. From 2010 until her appointment as President/CEO in 2017, she served as PIA’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Having held such a variety of positions within PIA, Markle enjoys a unique vantage point from which strategic initiatives can be launched with a firm understanding of operational and budgetary capability, regulatory compliance, curriculum design, and the needs of the market and industries served by Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics.

Markle holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from California University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Business Administration degree from Seton Hill University. A native of the Pittsburgh area, Markle serves on the Board of Directors for Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics and the Mid-Atlantic Association of Career Schools (MAACS). In 2020, she was appointed by the US Department of Transportation to serve on its Women in Aviation Advisory Board (WIABB). She serves as a team leader for the Accrediting Commission for Career Schools and Colleges and is an active member in a host of other business and education associations which support the school’s mission.


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