January 22, 2013
Joshua Grotheer, 404-413-7621
Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Administration
Georgia State University’s Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Administration celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, marking its inception in 1973 when Georgia State introduced an associate of science degree in hotel-motel management.
Georgia State’s hospitality program expanded its faculty and course offerings over the years and in 1988 was named the Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Administration in honor of the founder of Days Inn. The school is now a part of the J. Mack Robinson College of Business.
“Throughout its proud 40-year history, the School of Hospitality has strived to provide a practical, cutting-edge and global education for its students and alumni,” said Robinson College of Business Dean H. Fenwick Huss. “The keen focus on hospitality as a business has helped the school turn out students with the right skills and perspective to thrive in the industry. We fully expect the next 40 years to be equally exciting and compelling.”
The School of Hospitality has more than 750 undergraduate students and a growing network of more than 1,600 alumni, and will introduce a one-year master of global hospitality management program this fall. The school consistently ranks among the top hospitality programs in the nation based on academic quality, reputation, facilities, internship opportunities and learning beyond the classroom.
“As the School of Hospitality celebrates its 40th anniversary, we want to thank those within the university community who have supported us and helped us grow,” said Debby Cannon, director of the School of Hospitality. “The faculty joins me in saying thank you to Dean Huss, our industry board members and all who have made this anniversary possible.”
To celebrate its 40th year the school has planned several special events, including a leadership lecture series, an alumni reception and a commemorative issue of its biannual publication. For more information, visit the School of Hospitality’s events page »
The Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Administration is the oldest and largest program of its kind in the state. It is ranked among the top 20 hospitality programs in the nation. For more information, visit robinson.gsu.edu/hospitality »
The largest business school in the South and part of a major research institution, Georgia State University's J. Mack Robinson College of Business has 200 faculty, 8,000 students and 80,000 alumni. With programs on five continents and students from 88 countries, the college is world-class and worldwide. Its part-time MBA is ranked among the best by the Aspen Institute, Bloomberg Businessweek and U.S. News & World Report, and its Executive MBA is on the Financial Times list of the world's premier programs. Located in Atlanta, the Robinson College and Georgia State have produced more of Georgia's top executives with graduate degrees than any other school in the Southeast.