Distinguished Visiting Professor Series Brings Hospitality and Tourism Expert to USFSM

Distinguished Visiting Professor USF Sarasota-Manatee Dr. Fred DeMicco

SARASOTA, Fla. (April 22, 2015) – The College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership at USF Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) welcomed its third guest to campus as part of the Distinguished Visiting Professor Series, which welcomes internationally recognized scholars for campus visits ranging from one week to 12 months.

An initiative of the M3 Center of Hospitality Technology and Innovation, the series showcases industry leaders who will deliver class lectures, provide one-on-one counsel on graduate research projects, assist in strategic planning for the college, provide insight on faculty development and work closely with faculty and students.

“The Distinguished Visiting Professor Series is an excellent way for us to bring in some of the world’s top experts in the hospitality and tourism fields to share their expertise with our students,” explained Dr. Cihan Cobanoglu, dean of USFSM’s College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership. “Our goal is to make these top level scholars accessible to our students and faculty members in addition to associating them with USFSM.”

The series’ third visiting professor was Dr. Fred DeMicco, a professor and ARAMARK Endowed Chair in the University of Delaware’s Department of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management. Dr. DeMicco spent the week of April 13th at USF Sarasota-Manatee.

“It was a distinct honor to be invited as a distinguished visiting scholar to the USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership this week,” said Dr. DeMicco during his visit. “Though the college is new in the lifecycle from inception and the entrepreneurial stage, it is growing fast in stature and reputation among peer institutions. Under the leadership of Dean Cihan Cobanoglu, USFSM has seen innovations and breakthroughs beyond its years.”

Dr. DeMicco completed his PhD in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. In addition to his time at the University of Delaware, Dr. DeMicco has also worked in healthcare at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and hotel and restaurant management at Walt Disney World. He served as the Chief Dietitian and Associate Director of Dining and Technology responsible for all menu planning, technology and nutrition in the Virginia Tech Dining Services for five years and has also been employed by Aramark, Marriott Vacation Club International and several healthcare operations including assisted living facilities. His scholarly interests include international strategic management, medical tourism and wine and beverage management and innovation.

“Dr. DeMicco’s expertise is invaluable to our students as they prepare for leadership careers in hospitality and tourism,” said Dr. Cobanoglu. “The wealth of experience that he brings from his career helps show our students what the current leaders in this industry are doing and teaches them how they are doing it.”