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Restructured Hospitality and Sport Management Center to Access New Resources

The Center for Hospitality and Sport Management, created in 2013 to consolidate several academic programs housed in the Goodwin College of Professional Studies, is about to undergo another exciting transformation.

Over the Center’s four-year existence, faculty and professional staff have revised curriculum, developed research labs, and served the broader community at the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships. Following consideration of the organizational structure of the Center in light of the University’s and the Center’s strategic goals, and program review through the Program Alignment and Review process, I believe that the faculty and students will be best served by further realignment. Therefore, effective July 1, the Center for Hospitality and Sport Management will become two centers:

  • The Center for Sport Management programs will be affiliated with the LeBow College of Business and will house the BS and MS in Sport Management along with associated minors. The Center will be directed by Professor Joel Maxcy, who is a sports economist with expertise in antitrust law, regulation, labor policy, and finance. The MS in Sport Coaching Leadership will move to the School of Education.
  • The Center for Food and Hospitality Management will be affiliated with the College of Nursing and Health Professions. The Center will house the BS programs in Culinary Arts and Science and Hospitality Management, and the MS programs in Food Science and Culinary Arts and Science along with associated minors. The culinary and food science programs will be led by Professor Rosemary Trout, who has extensive food industry experience. The hospitality program will be led by Professor Michael Traud, who brings a wealth of experience from both the restaurant and hospitality communities. Through collaborations with the Department of Nutrition Sciences chaired by Professor Stella Volpe, this new structure will provide enhanced research and curricular opportunities and build upon the department’s nationally recognized work.

Effective Fall Term 2017-18, students in these programs will be enrolled in the two new centers at the respective colleges.

While the changes in the day-to-day lives of students will be minimal, in the long run I am confident that this restructuring will provide access to new resources and opportunities.

I thank Professor Paul Jensen for his strong leadership as Interim Director of the Center for Hospitality and Sport Management and leading the discussion on this restructuring with the Center, the Faculty Senate, and leadership in both the LeBow College of Business and the College of Nursing and Health Professions. I also appreciate the oversight provided by Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs John DiNardo on behalf of the Office of the Provost, and the patience and resilience of the Center’s faculty and professional staff as we work through this transition.

Sincerely,

M. Brian Blake
Executive Vice President and Provost