The Department of Hospitality Management will become the School of Hospitality Leadership in 2012, coinciding with the program’s 25th anniversary.
The hospitality management program has over 450 students with full classes every semester. The program is growing along with the global hospitality and tourism industry.
Dr. Robert O’Halloran, chair of the School of Hospitality Leadership, said, “The name change and change to school status gives us more opportunity to grow in student numbers and in faculty retention and recruitment. The new school will place even greater emphasis on entrepreneurial leadership and innovation.”
Plans are being considering for a new building that will include a hotel and conference center to offer students further real-world experience.
Approval for the name change was a drawn out affair. The change had to be approved by the hospitality management faculty, CHE Dean Judy Siguaw, the ECU Educational Policy and Procedures Committee (EPPC), ECU faculty Senate, and ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard.
O’Halloran said, “The department’s advisory board of industry leaders also played a role in the name change. The board greatly supported the progress. They view our advancement to a school as an enhancement to their investment of time and treasure.”