At the Board of Trustees Meeting on May 5, the School of Hospitality, Events and Tourism was formally established.
The approval for the creation of the HEaT school was backed up by the program’s substantial growth since 2012, almost doubling due to the program’s move to the Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center.
President Steve Jordan stated that institutions typically elevate programs to the level of being a “school” to increase visibility nationally and locally. According to the Early Bird, the school’s next step is to find a dean with experience in the hospitality field.
Currently, the School of HEaT caters to approximately 400 students, but has the faculty, department chairs and ancillary faculty to sustain and support a student roster doubles that figure.
With the new school centering itself around community building, the meeting also put an emphasis on the importance of civic and community engagement for the success of student learning and for the university’s previously established, positive reputation.
Additionally, President Jordan’s commitment to the community was recognized at the day’s meeting, as May 5 was formally declared Stephen M. Jordan Day by a representative for Mayor Michael Hancock. According to the Early Bird, the comments that President Jordan made about his accomplishments spanning his 12 years with the university were met with a standing ovation.