New Scholars Join the Faculty at the School of Hotel Administration

Jun 01, 2011

With the start of the 2011-2012 academic year, the School of Hotel Administration will welcome new faculty members. All appointments are effective July 1.

Walter I. “Wally” Boudry will join the school as assistant professor in finance. Boudry earned two bachelor’s degrees—in commerce and in economics—from the University of Queensland, Australia, and received his PhD from the Stern School of Business at NYU in 2006. His research has been published in Real Estate Economics and the Journal of Business Finance & Accounting. A regular presenter at meetings of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association (AREUEA), he won third place for the 2007 AREUEA Dissertation Award.

Howard Chong has been hired through Cornell’s EEESE (Environmental and Energy Economics and Sustainable Enterprise) cluster hire search, sponsored by the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future (ACSF),  and will serve as assistant professor of applied sustainable economics. Chong received his PhD from UC Berkeley in 2011, and his research interests include environmental and energy economics, behavioral economics, and agricultural policy.

Alumnus Ben Lawrence ’97 will join the faculty as an assistant professor in food and beverage management. Lawrence recently received his PhD from Boston University and holds an MBA from Texas A&M University. He is currently vice president of communications for the American Marketing Association.

Jeanne Varney ’85, who will serve as a lecturer in the properties management sub-area, has more than 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry and specializes in hotel real estate. Most recently, Varney was a principal at Olive Hospitality Consulting, Inc., in Bethesda, Maryland. She earned an MBA from George Washington University.

Also effective July 1, Neil Tarallo will assume the academic directorship of the Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship. Tarallo comes to us from Syracuse University where he most recently held the titles of assistant professor and director of Empowerment through Entrepreneurship: South Africa (EESA). He holds an MBA from Syracuse as well as a BS from Ithaca College. In addition to serving as academic director of the Pillsbury Institute, Tarallo will serve as senior lecturer at the school.

Susan Cabrera, who has taught at SHA in a visiting capacity, will also join the faculty as a senior lecturer this year. She will continue to teach the entrepreneurial management and finance classes as well as continue her involvement in the Cornell Hospitality Business Plan Competition. A veteran private-equity investor and investment banker, Cabrera served as a partner and member of the investment committee of Capital Z Financial Services Partners before enrolling at the Johnson School to pursue MS (2008) and PhD (2010) degrees in management.