Professor Chris Chan Named New Dean of Cornell-Nanyang Institute of Hospitality Management

Aug 03, 2010

Chris Chan has been named the new dean of the Cornell-Nanyang Institute of Hospitality Management (CNI), as well as professor of accounting at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration (SHA). By joining Cornell University and Nanyang Technological University as dean of CNI, Chan will provide academic, intellectual, strategic, and administrative leadership to the institute, as well as further elevate the CNI brand in Asia. In addition, he will direct CNI's prestigious 12-month Master of Management in Hospitality (MMH) program and strengthen corporate relations. The MMH program is housed at Nanyang Technological University's campus in Singapore.  Chan, who will be based in Singapore, will begin his duties in November.

"With his business expertise and leadership experience, Chris Chan is prepared to lead CNI into the future," said Michael Johnson, dean and E. M. Statler Professor at SHA. "We're looking forward to the growth and development of the MMH program in Asia under Chris's direction."

Chan is currently an associate professor of accounting as well as assistant dean and director of MBA programs at the University of Hong Kong (HKU), where he is responsible for brand development, marketing and admissions, financial and program management, academic and student affairs, and industry and media relations. Under his leadership, the HKU MBA has become one of the top three programs in Asia. In 2009, Chan received the prestigious university-wide Outstanding Teaching Award from HKU; he has also been a two-time winner of the Business Faculty's Outstanding Teacher Award. Before joining the University of Hong Kong, Chan was a tenured faculty member at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management in Sydney, Australia.

"Asia represents the future for the hospitality business, and I am excited to lead the joint effort between two prestigious institutions to develop leaders in this region. Combining an Ivy League education and Asia business expertise, the MMH program prepares graduates for lustrous careers in one of the most diverse and fastest growing industries in Asia," said Chan. "Leveraging on a strong foundation and broad corporate support, I am confident that CNI will continue its rise to become Asia's premier provider of hospitality education and advanced industry knowledge."

Chan has a diverse consulting and executive education portfolio with a wide range of companies in the Asia-Pacific region. His work has focused on strategic brand development, financial performance metrics, corporate governance, social responsibility, and sustainability. He has also developed corporate business cases and/or taught executive education courses for a number of clients including LVMH, ABN Amro Bank, China MinSheng Bank, Lucent Technologies, Agilent Technologies, General Mills, Hong Kong Government Civil Service Bureau, SGS, TAL, Shangri-la Hotels, New World Mobility, and South China Morning Post.

Chan is frequently invited to speak at various business conferences and workshops as a keynote or panel speaker on corporate governance, social responsibility, human capital development, and luxury industries in Asia.

The Cornell-Nanyang Institute of Hospitality Management is an alliance between the Cornell School of Hotel Administration and the Nanyang Technological University's Nanyang Business School. The mission of the institute is to develop leaders, managers, and entrepreneurs for the Asian hospitality and tourism industry; build a world-class institution for the creation, translation, and dissemination of knowledge to the hospitality and tourism industry in Asia; and deliver high-quality hospitality education and research.