Hospitality and recreation programs complete academic restructuring

July 01, 2004

University Park, Pa. -- The Penn State School of Hotel, Restaurant and Recreation Management has split into two new academic units within the College of Health and Human Development in order to maximize the continued growth and development of the former school's programs.

As of today (July 1), the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Recreation Management has been split into two separate academic units: the School of Hospitality Management and the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management. This new structure was approved by the Penn State Board of Trustees and the University's Faculty Senate Council in the fall of 2003.

Since the curricula and majors in these programs were operated separately in the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Recreation Management, the change will have no direct impact on the content or delivery of the current undergraduate or graduate-level academic programs. No additional faculty, staff or administrative positions are anticipated to be hired, nor will any positions be eliminated in the split. Further, no additional financial support will be requested.

The new administrative structure will provide, however, greater name recognition for each program and a more distinct identity. In addition, separating these programs will provide a more tightly focused academic mission for each program. The end result will be stronger relationships with prospective students, alumni, external funding sources and industry and government partners.

"Penn State has long been recognized as a national leader in these fields," said Raymond T. Coward, dean of the College of Health and Human Development. "This new administrative structure is intended to build on that tradition of distinction and to position each of these programs for even greater success in the future."

Additional information about the Penn State School of Hospitality Management can be obtained on the Web at http://www.hhdev.psu.edu/shm

For more information on the Penn State Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management, visit its Web site at http://www.hhdev.psu.edu/rptm

Last Updated March 19, 2009