New Chair Named for Hospitality and Tourism Management

Dr. Robert Frash, Chair of the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management

The College of Charleston School of Business announces the appointment of Robert E. Frash, Jr., Ph.D., as chair of the department of Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM).  He was named department chair by Alan T. Shao, dean of the School of Business.

Frash joined the College of Charleston School of Business in 2005 after earning his Ph.D. in hospitality and tourism management at Purdue University.  Before returning to academia, Frash worked in the foodservice industry for 30 years. 

“The Hospitality and Tourism Management program plays a strategic role in our long-term growth and vision for the School of Business,” says Alan T. Shao, dean of the School of Business.  “Dr. Frash’s industry knowledge and experience, professional affiliations, and leadership are essential in further developing its reputation as a high-quality, relevant program for the Charleston business community, our state and overseas academic partnerships.” 

During his tenure at Purdue, Frash completed a major research study with Marriott International.  The study modeled the context and transfer relationship for blended e-learning instructional design and delivery in hospitality.  Today, his research continues to focus on human-resource issues that affect the hospitality industry.  He serves as a board member for both the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association and the Hospitality Association of South Carolina. 

Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management Highlights

  • The Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research ranks the HTM department as No. 5 in the world for research productivity.  This high ranking represents the amount and quality of research published by the department’s tenured faculty which gives the program more global visibility and recognition.
  • The Office of Tourism Analysis serves the greater Charleston region and is part of the HTM department in the School of Business.
  • The HTM department has an extensive advisory board, chaired by Maureen Ginty, executive vice president marketing services and human resources at SMG, a worldwide entertainment and convention venue management company. 

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College of Charleston’s School of Business offers five undergraduate programs, an honors program, an M.S. in Accountancy and an MBA.  Approximately 1700 undergraduate and graduate students attend from as far away as China, Germany and Brazil. The faculty has research expertise in areas such as global logistics, hospitality and tourism, political economics, financial investment, bankruptcy, business intelligence, and sustainable business practices. Visit to learn more.

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