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Kendall College Appoints New Dean of the School of Hospitality Management

Dr. Susan Tinnish brings 25 years of business experience and deep ties to Kendall to the role

CHICAGO 01/08/13 – Susan Tinnish, Ph.D., has been named dean of the Kendall College School of Hospitality Management. Dr. Tinnish will oversee and manage all aspects of the School including faculty and curriculum selection, assessment and program direction. She was previously School of Hospitality Management Interim Co-Dean along with Chris Letchinger and has been a faculty member at Kendall since 2008. As dean, she will be taking the helm of the No. 1 Chicago program for preparing students for hospitality management careers (ORC International– 2011 Survey.)

Dr. Tinnish is a highly regarded thought leader in the hospitality industry.  She is a frequent speaker at industry conferences including ITME’s Motivation Show, Meeting Professionals International conferences, Professional Convention Management Association national conferences and Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International’s MEET and Affordable Meetings.  A member of the Kendall College School of Hospitality Management faculty since 2008, Dr. Tinnish has taught courses on leadership, organizational behavior, sustainability and meeting management.  She also played a key role in launching Kendall’s new concentration in Sustainable Management in Hospitality and Tourism.

“We are thrilled to have Sue Tinnish, a valued member of our faculty, join us as the new dean of the School of Hospitality Management,” said Kendall College President Emily Williams Knight. “Sue has been a trusted leader and advisor as the Interim Co-Dean and I truly appreciate her experience and commitment to the academic excellence and international focus of the School. I look forward to working with her to continue to build a hospitality program that is recognized for its strength not only in Chicago, but throughout the United States and around the world.”

Dr. Tinnish is an expert on sustainable practices for business meetings and trade shows. She chairs the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) committee that established the APEX/ASTM International Standards for environmentally sustainable meetings and events and served as the U.S. Chair for the International Standards Organization (ISO) effort to develop a worldwide sustainable events management system.

Dr. Tinnish earned her PhD from Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois.  She holds an M.B.A. with a concentration in finance and marketing from University of Chicago’s Booth School and a B.S. in communication studies from Northwestern University.

About the Kendall College School of Hospitality Management:
Kendall College, founded in 1934, is located in Chicago, Illinois. Kendall offers undergraduate degrees in businessculinary artsearly childhood education and hospitality management to a diverse and passionate community of more than 2200 students. The curriculum combines strong academics with practical experience and international educational opportunities that help give students in business, hospitality and culinary arts programs the skills and expertise to be leaders in their professions. Kendall College was ranked the number one program in Chicago for preparing students for careers in hospitality management and culinary arts in a survey of management at Chicago’s leading hotels and Michelin Guide restaurants (ORC International – 2011 Survey). The School of Hospitality Management focuses on the art of hospitality and the science of management – the European tradition of superior customer service with American managerial know-how. Kendall College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), www.ncahlc.org.

Media Contacts:
Meredith Bay, 312-752-2190, meredith.bay@kendall.edu