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Dean’s Reports


A Transitional Year


The Conrad N. Hilton College of Global Hospitality Leadership has particularly thrived in recent years because it has redefined hospitality education and research, constantly finding ways to improve. The completion of an ambitious strategic plan in 2022 led to a curriculum overhaul, organizational restructuring and a substantial hotel expansion. The college's new strategic plan aligns with the University of Houston's goals, aiming for Top 50 Public University status. The college is also especially proud to have finished renovating Eric's Club Center for Student Success and relocating, rejuvenating Cougar Grounds coffee shop. With each of these exciting innovations, the college remains committed to honoring foundational traditions, like Gourmet Nights and Corks and Forks. Dean Dennis Reynolds is eager to embrace these traditions while also forging new, future initiatives. He humbly attributes any success to the outstanding faculty, staff, students, alumni, industry partners and friends who will forever shape the college’s narrative.  


The Year in Review


It’s been a very busy and substantial year! This Dean’s Report details the status of our construction and renovation projects, and highlights our name change and other featured news briefs, including the $85,000 raised for scholarships during the annual Spec’s Golf Tournament and the first undergraduate cohort to attend the CIA Experience. It also provides a recap of faculty, staff and alumni accolades, puts a spotlight on upcoming events for 2023, and provides a snapshot of our financial health, as well as our placement numbers for fall 2021/spring 2022.


Recaps from our 50th Anniversary Year


On the heels of publishing our commemorative anniversary book, this “mini” Dean’s Report features updates on our golden anniversary events and building projects – including our hotel expansion and renovation, the West Wing renovation and relocation of Cougar Grounds, our new Sysco Student Kitchen, and plans for a student-run brewpub and fermentation lab. This issue also details our new undergraduate curriculum, new faces at the College and hotel, fast facts for placement of our graduates, a snapshot of our financial health and our donor honor roll for gifts received in 2018. Happy anniversary to us!


Career Development


At Hilton College, our ultimate goal is to prepare our students to be the future leaders of the global hospitality industry. This Dean’s Report features stories and stats about how the resources provided by our Career Development office help our students launch their leadership journeys, and how the office has evolved since its inception in 1989. Thanks to our incredible Career Development staff, employers, recruiters and faculty, our graduates are going places, and they continue to support each other long after they arrive. This report also recaps our game-changing building projects, a snapshot of our financial health and a thank you to our donors.


Student Success

Fall 2016 – Spring 2017

Student success is Provost Paula Myrick Short’s No. 1 initiative. It is the reason our faculty and staff come to work every day. Because Hilton College is so committed to this initiative, this Dean’s Report highlights what we are doing to facilitate and improve upon our student success. It features our dedicated staff in recruitment and enrollment, undergraduate academic services, graduate studies, career development and alumni engagement who interact with our students daily to help foster that success. This report also shares our vision for future growth, each phase of which is tied directly to our student success goals, a snapshot of our financial health and a list of donors who are helping to make all of this possible.


Successes & Stories: Portraits in Hospitality

Fall 2015 – Spring 2016

A new dean… a new mission… new successes and stories… July 1, 2016, marked Dr. Dennis Reynolds’ one-year anniversary as the new dean of Hilton College. After the year he’s had, it’s fair to say that we can no longer call him the “new” dean! This report, themed Successes & Stories, highlights these successes and shares just a few of the stories of our community. As our new mission statement avows, “… We embrace and foster an environment that includes Community…” This report also features a Q&A with Dean Reynolds about his first year at Hilton College.