HTM Board of Governors Discuss Curriculum and a New Building
Nov 4, 2013

On September 27, 2013 the University of North Texas (UNT) Hospitality Board of Governors (BOG) met at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center.  New board members Joy Rothschild, Senior VP of Human Resources, Omni and Jorge Luna, Sr. Director of Human Resources, Four Seasons were introduced. 

As part of a year-long comprehensive curriculum review by the Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) faculty, the BOG was asked to review program competencies in the areas of hospitality marketing and sales, human resources, management, legal issues, hospitality operations, accounting and finance, sustainability, tourism, and information technology.  Dr. Richard Tas, UNT Distinguished Teaching Professor, and UNT Graduate Student, Kimberly McCrary, organized small group discussions of the BOG members.  Following, Dr. Lea Dopson, Chair of the Hospitality and Tourism Management program led the plenary discussion.  Dopson said, “The industry input we received in curriculum development was invaluable.  The process in which the BOG members engaged provided useful insights into the industry trends and outcomes our students need to be successful over the next five years.”

Also discussed at the BOG meeting was the College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism’s push to obtain external funding for a new building.  Joyce Duesman, BOG Chair of the Corporate Outreach and Fundraising Committee reviewed the activity of last Spring’s board meeting at which BOG members had brainstormed key industry contacts to obtain the $30 to $40 million needed to fund a new building and provide naming opportunities for the programs.  “Personal contacts with CEOs, corporate boards, and foundations are key to finding these kinds of partnerships, and there is no one better than our Board of Governors to help us form those connections,” remarked Duesman.

Anyone interested in further information regarding donor relations may contact Lisa Wallace, Director of Development, at Lisa.Wallace@unt.edu.

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