Meet our Faculty Member, Dr. Elsworth

Q:  Why did you want to become a Spartan?
A: After completing my undergrad degree at Purdue I began my career at Houlihan’s where I worked my way to GM.  I later learned the individuals who hired me were all MSU grads. Everyone who hired me, trained me, and even the GM and CEO were all Spartans. I also regularly read industry-related articles written by Spartans. After working in several positions in different companies, I returned to school to complete my Masters degree and Ph.D. Fortunately for me there was an opening at MSU. After visiting and falling in love with The School of Hospitality Business and our campus, the rest is history. It was a great fit.  I am excited to be a Spartan especially since so many Spartans had such an impact on my life.

Q:  Why did you decide to teach?
A:  When I worked at Damon’s I attended the manager training program at their corporate headquarters. I was soon offered the opportunity to train franchise managers.  This training, and a nudge from an old professor, convinced me to back to school. I decided to work on my Ph.D. soon after receiving my Masters degree.

Q:  What is one fun fact about you?
A: I love going to classic rock concerts with my wife.  I have probably seen the band “Chicago” at least a hundred times!

Q:  What advice do you have for students?
A:  Keep hold of a strong network and make sure you use it. Set goals and share them with others. Never stop learning!