School of Hotel Administration Center and Institute Leaders Promote Industry Connections

Jul 21, 2016

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School of Hotel Administration Center and Institute Leaders Promote Industry Connections

Ithaca, NY, July 21, 2016 - The new academic year will be a busy one for the newly announced leadership team at the centers and institutes of Cornell's School of Hotel Administration. “I am pleased to announce our team of center and institute directors,” said Interim Dean Kate Walsh. “These directors are faculty members who have taken on the additional role of working with other faculty and with industry practitioners to strengthen our students’ connection to the industry, and to promote research and discussion regarding industry issues. With the formation of the new Cornell College of Business, this is a particularly exciting time for all of our centers and institutes.”

Walsh said that three directors have each agreed to serve for another three-year term. The three continuing directors are: Mona Anita Olsen, academic director of the Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship; Dan Quan, the Arthur Adler '78 and Karen Newman Adler '78 Academic Director of the Center for Real Estate and Finance; and David Sherwyn, the John and Melissa Ceriale Professor of Hospitality Human Resources, and director of the Cornell Institute for Hospitality Labor and Employment Law (CIHLER). Earlier, the school announced that Associate Professor Christopher Anderson was appointed as the new director for the Center for Hospitality Research.

Olsen, an assistant professor of entrepreneurship, has been promoted to academic director of the Pillsbury Institute, after serving as assistant and associate director since 2013. Prior to joining the SHA faculty, Olsen was a U.S. Fulbright Grantee to Norway, and earlier was the assistant director of the Mason Small Business Development Center at George Mason University. The Pillsbury Institute, which will soon observe its tenth anniversary, focuses on promoting all aspects of entrepreneurship. In addition to engaging students with industry leaders and entrepreneurs, the institute offers an expanding menu of co-curricular programs and activities to advance students’ understanding of the key success elements of entrepreneurship.

Quan, who is the Robert C. Baker Professor in Real Estate, came to the School of Hotel Administration from his previous position as chief mortgage economist at the U.S. Federal Reserve. As has occurred with the hospitality industry generally, the Center for Real Estate and Finance, which was founded in 2009, has expanded beyond its initial focus on hospitality industry asset management, to embrace an academic and research agenda that includes a broad spectrum of commercial real estate and finance.

Sherwyn, who is professor of law and a Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, has been director of CIHLER from its inception in 2013. He is of counsel to the law firm of Stokes, Wagner LLC, and is a research fellow in the Center for Labor and Employment Law at New York University. CIHLER’s goal is to provide information and strategies to modernize labor and employment relations in the hospitality industry. Its multi-prong program includes scholarly research that is directed at current labor and employment issues, education for students who will soon be industry practitioners, and a series of industry roundtables to identify and address key human resources, labor, and employment challenges, as well as crafting new legislation and methods for minimizing and resolving workplace disputes.

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The School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University is shaping the global knowledge base for hospitality management through leadership in education, research, and industry advancement. Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the school provides management instruction in the full range of hospitality disciplines, educating the next generation of leaders in the world's largest industry. Founded in 1922 as the nation's first collegiate course of study in hospitality management, the Cornell School of Hotel Administration is recognized as the world leader in its field. For more information, visit