SARASOTA -- The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee is changing the name of its hospitality school to more accurately reflect the programs it offers.
The College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership will now be known as the College of Hospitality and Tourism Leadership, according to information sent out by officials Friday. The information technology program, formerly housed in the College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership, will be moved to the business school.
"While technology is an important element to hospitality and tourism, it is not generally the focus of these businesses," said James Curran, interim dean of both colleges, in a statement. "This move allows the CHTL to devote all of its energies and
resources to providing the best hospitality and tourism education possible."
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The name change is effective immediately and will not affect student coursework in the fall. Other details such as hiring new staff for tourism and information technology are still in the works, according to officials.
In a statement, Sandra Stone, regional chancellor of USF Sarasota-Manatee, said shifting technology to the College of Business "makes a lot of sense" on many levels.
"Information technology is a degree that fits with a wide variety of businesses and organizations and is not limited to the hospitality field," she said. "This move also allows our College of Hospitality and Tourism Leadership to focus on an industry that is a significant part of this community."
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