Campus: Cal Poly Pomona -- August 13, 2004

Hospitality Industry Experts To Expand Research At Cal Poly Pomona's Collins School Of Hospitality Management

After an intensive international search, The Collins School of Hospitality Management at Cal Poly Pomona will welcome two new experts who will help the school push its research program to new heights. Bringing with them decades of experience in the hospitality industry as well as research, Dr. Cathy Hsu and Dr. Denny Rutherford will take different roles in expanding the school's research as its first Collins School Endowed Chairs.

Beginning in August, Hsu will serve as an advisor to faculty members throughout the year. Hsu made her first visit to campus earlier this month to meet with faculty and discuss individual and group projects in progress as well as help identify publishing opportunities. She will also interview some Collins School's Board of Advisors interested in working with The Collins School to identify applied research opportunities.

Rutherford will perform a baseline study that provides an objective perspective on how the Collins School compares to other hospitality programs research efforts and then explore how and what would be most valuable to the mission and goals of The Collins School. In his study Rutherford will conduct interviews to determine the research environment at Cal Poly Pomona, evaluate the potential for involving students, and assist faculty in evaluating possible collaborators for research from within the university and outside of the university.

"There are a number of Collins School faculty who are active in research and scholarship, but we believe it's important to continue to strengthen our program," said Dr. Bob Small, interim dean of The Collins School. "We feel privileged that both professors Hsu and Rutherford will join the university," he added. "They are leaders in the area of research and scholarship in the field of hospitality who will aggressively move our research and scholarly program forward."

The Collins School Endowed Chair was funded by a generous donation by Jim and Carol Collins, long time university benefactors.

About Dr. Cathy Hsu
Dr. Cathy Hsu is a professor, associate head, and graduate programs director in the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She is the editor and chapter author of the books, Casino Industry in Asia Pacific: Development, Operation, and Impact to be published in 2005 and Legalized Casino Gaming in the US: The Economic and Social Impact, published in 1999, by The Haworth Hospitality Press. She is the lead author of the Marketing Hospitality textbook, published in June 2001 by John Wiley and Sons.

Her research foci have been the economic and social impacts of casino gaming, tourism destination and hospitality marketing, consumer behaviors, and hospitality education. She has over 90 refereed journal and proceedings publications. She has served as a consultant to various tourism and hotel organizations, such as the World Tourism Organization, Kansas Travel and Tourism Development Division and Golden Key Hotels of the World.

Hsu is chair of the International Society of Travel and Tourism Educators, and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Teaching in Travel and Tourism. She also serves on seven other journal editorial boards. She received the Best Article of the Year award from the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research in 2000.

About Dr. Denney G. Rutherford
Dr. Denney G. Rutherford holds the Ivar Haglund Endowed Chair in the School of Hospitality Business Management on Washington State University's Pullman campus. His research and teaching interests are in the area of the legal aspects of hospitality operations as well as understanding the management characteristics of major hotel departments including housekeeping, engineering and front office. He recently started a research stream on the tourism aspects of the wine country.

He received his Ph.D. and M.Ed. degrees from the University of Washington and his bachelor's degree from Washington State University. He is a frequent publisher of articles that appear in the Cornell Hotel and Restaurant Administration Quarterly, the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research and the International Journal of Hospitality Management. Rutherford has been ranked the tenth most prolific author of research in the mainstream hospitality research journals and his work was ranked 25th in a recent citation analysis. His article titled "Managing Guest Intoxication: A Policy to Limit Third Party Liability" was voted Article-of-the-Year for Volume 26 by the Cornell Quarterly. He is editor of three editions of Hotel Department Operations: A Book of Readings and is working on a fourth. He is the author of Introduction to the Conventions, Expositions and Meetings Industry, published previously by Van Nostrand Reinhold, and now John Wiley. In 2000, Rutherford was chosen by his colleagues in International CHRIE as the recipient of the John Wiley Lifetime Achievement Research Award. He presently serves as a member of the College of Business - WSU Promotion and Tenure Committee and a member of the Society of Wine Educators. He also actively consults with the hospitality industry, hospitality education and serves as an expert witness.

About The Collins School At Cal Poly Pomona
Celebrating its 30th year of excellence, The Collins School of Hospitality Management at Cal Poly Pomona is the largest and oldest four-year hospitality program in California. Named in honor of benefactors Jim and Carol Collins, it is ranked among the top three undergraduate hospitality management programs in North America. More than 600 undergraduate students receive a superior education in the state-of-the-art Collins School facilities, where they learn to apply hospitality management theories and concepts to real-word settings. Part of this unique academic experience includes managing and operating the fine-dining Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch.

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