Dr. Jeff Beck, associate professor in The School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University, received the Stevenson W. Fletcher Achievement Award on Friday, July 31 at the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (ICHRIE) Summer Conference Gala Dinner in Orlando, Florida.

Jeff Beck with Award at ICHRIE.According to ICHRIE, this great honor “recognizes an individual educator or trainer for outstanding achievement in contributing innovative ideas, methods, or programs that have advanced teaching, learning, or practice in the field of hospitality and tourism education.” The award recipient also must “demonstrate exceptional professional ability and/or commitment through service to ICHRIE and/or to the hospitality industry and education.” Formerly called the “ICHRIEAchievement Award,” it is now named in honor of Stevenson W. Fletcher, former department chair of Hotel, Restaurant and Travel Administration at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He died in 1995 at the age of 58.

Dr. Beck has over 20 years of experience in the lodging industry. His industry experience includes 10 years with Marriott Hotels, Resorts, and Suites in various management positions.

He received his doctorate from Purdue University where he also taught Meeting and Convention Management, Guest Service Management and Lodging Management. At Oklahoma State University he was the Charles Lanphere Professor of Hotel Administration, and was recognized twice as Outstanding Undergraduate Advisor.

Jeff BeckDr. Beck joined The School in 2002, where he has taught Intro and Advanced Marketing, Hospitality Sales, Meeting and Event Planning, Revenue Management, Intro to Lodging, and Intro to Meeting and Event Planning. He is advisor to The School’s award-winning chapter of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), serves as faculty coach for the MS in Business Analytics student team project, and was named co-director of the Broad College Integrative Fellows program. Dr. Beck served as a member of the search committee for Dean of the Broad College Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

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