Effective July 1, 2012, the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) announced the newly named College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership. Formerly titled the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management, the name change reflects the addition of the Information Technology program to the college. Dr. Cihan Cobanoglu, who has been serving as the Dean of the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management, will serve in the role of Dean for the College.
“Dr. Cobanoglu’s international tourism research in on-line security provides an opportunity to blend hospitality and IT for our students and faculty,” said Dr. Bonnie Jones, Regional Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at USFSM. “I envision our hospitality program ranked in the top 10 nationally within the next 10 years, and our IT program to grow exponentially as a STEM field.”
The formation of the College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership will provide students access to unique programming and coursework. “It is exciting to see two industries that are key in this community join together under the College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership,” said Dr. Cobanoglu. “I am honored to be the founding Dean of this unique and very promising college. We will create a synergy of these fields with the support of our outstanding faculty and produce leaders who will make a large impact for the area.”
Dr. Sunita Lodwig, Instructor of Information Technology, has been appointed as the Faculty Lead for the Information Technology program inside the College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership and will be responsible for the daily management of the program. “The move to a new organization focused on professional services, like Hospitality and Information Technology, makes a lot of sense, especially under the stewardship of Dean Cobanoglu, who is a recognized leader in both fields,” she said. “We are particularly excited for the emphasis on IT Security, which will help establish Information Security as a cornerstone of the IT program at USFSM.”
The formation of this new college is one of the many growth initiatives currently in progress at USFSM. “We are very excited about the announcement of our new College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership,” said Dr. Arthur Guilford, Regional Chancellor at USFSM. “We continue to move forward to ensure that we are understanding and meeting the needs of our students and the local community, while maintaining a high level of academic excellence that will lead to success for our graduates.”
More information about the College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership can be found online at www.usfsm.edu or by calling 941-359-4330.