Organizational updates for SHA

September 13, 2016

Dear SHA Alumni,

Since the College of Business began its official operation in July, the new leadership team has worked very hard to define and optimize our new organizational structure, answering the call of the College of Business Staff Synergy Group’s final report. As part of the transition, some service-oriented departments within the three schools are being brought together to identify shared opportunities. This includes the Alumni Affairs and Development (AA&D) and the Marketing and Communications groups. I would like to share details of these transitions with you.

As you know, Meg Keilbach, associate dean of AA&D at SHA, leads our program to engage all our alumni in many important ways. Meg will continue to serve in this essential role. In addition, Meg will also act as a coordinator of alumni engagement programs across all three schools in our College of Business. Her goal will be to identify potential synergies, and to do so, Meg and her team have relocated to a shared office space with their counterparts in Dyson and Johnson. Our hope is this new alignment will foster a culture where the three schools maintain their strong individual brands while, at the same time, take advantage of cross-school engagement opportunities. To that end, please know Meg and her team will continue to focus their priorities and energies on our SHA alumni, and have a dedicated space in Statler Hall for their many meetings with alumni, faculty, and students.

In addition, under the leadership of David Bebko, associate dean and chief marketing officer, the Marketing and Communications teams across the three schools have also been brought together to share best practices and find ways to strengthen each school’s brand. We are excited to share that David and his team are preparing a new monthly newsletter to share all of the good news of SHA, our faculty research, and alumni in the media. The inaugural edition will arrive in your inbox in late September. I hope you enjoy seeing the impact that SHA is continuing to make on the industry and the global community!

I look forward to providing you with regular updates on all that is happening here at Statler Hall. We also hope you to see you at Homecoming on September 24. Our students, faculty, and staff are so excited to welcome you back to campus. If you can’t make it back to Ithaca though, please stay in touch with us at 607.255.3565 or

Thank you for all of your continued support. It means a great deal; we rely on our partnership with you to build our premier positioning, deepen our ties with the industry, and continue to provide opportunities for our fabulous students, as we prepare them to become the next generation of industry leaders.

Warm regards,

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Kate Walsh, PhD
Interim Dean and E. M. Statler Professor
School of Hotel Administration

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