Jerald Chesser Named Interim Dean for Collins School of Hospitality Management


Jerald Chesser Named Interim Dean for Collins School of Hospitality Management
Jerald W. Chesser will assume the responsibilities of interim dean for The Collins School of Hospitality Management.

Associate Dean Jerald W. Chesser will assume the responsibilities of interim dean for The Collins School of Hospitality Management until a national search for the permanent position is complete, according to Tomas Morales, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. Chesser's appointment begins Sept. 1.

“As associate dean, Jerry is well-versed in the day to day operations of the Collins School and will do an excellent job in support of our faculty, staff and students,” says Morales.

The dean position was vacated when James Burke elected to return to a faculty position in the school. In June 2004, professor Bob Small became interim dean while a national search was conducted.

“After careful consideration, as well as consultation with the search committee, President Ortiz and I have agreed to continue the search process for the dean,” says Morales. “I would like to thank everyone who has provided input to this process. We will continue to move forward, ensuring that we identify the right person for this position. I would also like to commend Dr. Bob Small for his service this past year as interim dean.”

Currently celebrating its 31st year of excellence, The Collins School of Hospitality Management is the largest and oldest hospitality program in California. Ranked among the top three undergraduate hospitality management programs in North America, more than 600 Collins School students receive a superior education in this state-of-the-art facility, where they learn to apply hospitality management theories and concepts to real-word settings. Part of this unique academic experience includes managing and operating the fine-dining Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch.