|Bob Small has been named interim dean for The Collins School of Hospitality Management.|
Bob Small has assumed the responsibilities of interim dean for The Collins School of Hospitality Management until a national search for the permanent position is complete, according to Tomás Morales, interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. The dean position was vacated when James Burke recently elected to return to a faculty position in the school.
?I would like to thank Tomás as well as my colleagues in The Collins School for their confidence and support of my candidacy,? says Small. ?This will be a terrific year for the school as we continue to build on the momentum that has made our program one of the best in the nation.?
Small has shared an extraordinary legacy with The Collins School. A faculty member since 1979, he was the founding dean when the program achieved independent school status in 1991. Small was instrumental in the growth of the hospitality program at Cal Poly Pomona, particularly in program/curriculum development, fund raising, and design of the complex.
?Bob will provide wonderful leadership for the school during the next year,? says Morales. ?His experience in the dean?s position will be invaluable as The Collins School addresses many important issues. I would like to personally commend the faculty and staff of the school for participating in this consultative process.?
Small enjoys international recognition, serving as chairman of the Los Angeles County Fair Wine Competition, the oldest and largest wine competition in the country. He is also a member of the California Restaurant Association and an elected member of its board of directors.
Currently celebrating its 30th 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.