After more than 25 years as director of The School of Hospitality Business, Ronald Cichy announced today that he will step down from the position in August 2014 to pursue research and other projects.
“I have been happy to devote myself to our school for so many years,” said Cichy, who has served as director since 1988. “Now is a good time for me to step aside and let younger leadership take The School to the 100th anniversary of this educational treasure.”
Cichy has been instrumental in guiding The School, an industry-specific school within the Broad College of Business at Michigan State University, to the prominent position it holds today. In 1995, he led an initiative to rename the school from the former School of Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management, and he has continued to redefine the school’s position to ensure its place as a leader in the industry. The School has been consistently ranked among the top hospitality business schools in the nation by both hospitality educators and executives.
“Ron has provided extraordinary leadership to The School of Hospitality Business,” said Stefanie Lenway, Eli and Edythe L. Broad Dean. “During his tenure as director, the students have had a strong academic and practical preparation for outstanding careers, alumni and industry partners have been engaged with the students and helped make them job ready, and the faculty have continued to increase both the quality and quantity of their publications.”
Among Cichy’s other achievements include:
- opening the $4.1 million J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Culinary Business Learning Lab
- launching the Michael L. Minor master of science in foodservice management, a master of science in hospitality business, a graduate specialization in hospitality business, and an online management certificate in the business of hospitality
- establishing three named professorships: the Hilton Hotels Professor of Hospitality Financial Management, the National Automatic Merchandising Association Professor, and the Dr. Lewis J. and Mrs. Ruth E. Minor Professor of Culinary Business
- creating several alumni and charity events, such as the Annual Destination Auction and Celebration of Leadership in New York, to bring industry partners, alumni, and students together
- establishing The School of Hospitality Business Alumni Association Hall of Fame
Cichy has been widely recognized by MSU, the Broad College, and his industry peers. He received the Anthony G. Marshall Award from the Educational Institute of the American Hotel and Lodging Association, the Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA) Emeritus from the Educational Institute of the American Hotel and Lodging Association, and was named a Top Innovator by Lodging Magazine. He received his bachelor’s, MBA, and doctoral degrees from Michigan State University.
A national search for a new director of The School will begin immediately.