Wednesday, September 9, 2009

DePaul University opens hospitality school

DePaul University in Chicago opened the doors to its School for Hospitality Leadership at the university's College of Commerce on Sept. 9. The curriculum includes hotel, wine and casino management courses.

The college received a $7.5 million gift last fall from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to establish the school, which will prepare students for management jobs at hotels, restaurants, convention and tourism ventures, spas and related leisure industries. The school is offering an undergraduate major in hospitality leadership this fall and plans to introduce additional majors, an international study program and a hospitality research center in the future. Chris Roberts, director of the School for Hospitality Leadership, took the helm of the school in July. Roberts has 20 years of hospitality experience.

Other new faculty members include Misty Johanson, who comes from the Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality at Georgia State University; Michael Lynch, director of loyalty marketing and market research for Lettuce Entertain You's 65 restaurants; Barry A.N. Bloom, principal of Abacus Lodging Investors LLC, a private equity firm focused on hospitality industry investments; and adjunct faculty member Mary Beth Leone, who worked for 18 years in hotel and tourism management.

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