Von Hagel, Karl

Biography

Karl Von Hagel serves as Director of The Ohio State University Airport (KOSU) since 2023. 

Karl joined Ohio State from the Cobb County Department of Transportation in Atlanta, Georgia, where he served as Department's Deputy Director. He previously served as manager of Cobb County International Airport for 28 years.

During his tenure, Cobb County International Airport’s annual economic impact to the community grew from $12 million to $132 million. His experience also includes time as manager of airport operations at Toledo Express Airport and as airport manager at Wexford County Airport in Cadillac, Michigan.

Karl is an Accredited Airport Executive and commercial-rated instrument pilot. He earned his bachelor’s degree in transportation aviation from Ohio State and began his aviation career working in the Ohio State airport’s fixed-based operator (FBO) facility.

As Director of The Ohio State University Airport, Karl will oversee both strategic development and day-to-day business operations. His responsibilities include ensuring that the airport is positioned to provide quality service to customers, tenants and other users. Organizationally, his charge extends from airfield operations to fixed-based operations, including the implementation of associated capital projects.