Husson Announces New School

Husson Announces New School

Date of Release: April 11, 2011

Husson University's College of Business has announced a new School of Hospitality, Sport, and Tourism Management. According to Dr. Ronald Nykiel, Dean of the College of Business "the new school is fitting to our growing programs so important to Maine's economy."

"We believe the School of Hospitality, Sport and Tourism Management will develop professionals for one of the largest drivers of the Maine economy, Tourism. By offering both an undergraduate degree and an MBA in Hospitality Management we offer those pursuing a new full time position and those wishing to improve their managerial and executive status the academic preparation to do so." Nykiel added: We also will be developing a Research Institute for Tourism to help develop an appreciation for the very positive impact of tourism on job creation and revenue production for Maine."

In a statement released on April 11, 2011, Dean Nykiel also announced the appointment of two members of the College of Business faculty to head the new program areas.

Lee Speronis, J.D., pictured on the right, a Certified Hospitality Educator will head the new School. "Speronis has done a great job at building the Hospitality program," Nykiel added. Speronis holds a doctorate degree in law from Stetson University and has won multiple awards in hospitality. He is active in his community serving on the Board of Directors of the American Folk Festival and Greater Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce.

Tom Collins has been appointed Manager of the Sport Management program. He has an extensive background in college athletics administration, having served as Athletic Director at Campbell University; Sports Information Director at Coastal Carolina University, and Assistant Commissioner of the Big South Conference.

Dean Nykiel indicated that "under Lee and Tom's leadership we will continue to grow the Hospitality, Sport, and Tourism Management programs, including future course offerings at our sites in Northern Maine at Presque Isle and in Southern Maine at South Portland."

Husson's College of Business is the largest in Maine with nearly 1,400 students. It recently launched a new MBA degree with concentrations in Corporate Management, Health Care Management, Hospitality Management, and Non-Profit Management.

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