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The School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State
University Elects Richard D. Farrar as
President of the Alumni Association


EAST LANSING, Michigan (July 2004) – The School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University’s Alumni Association announced that Richard D. Farrar was elected President at their May 24, 2004 meeting in Chicago.  Mr. Farrar had served as the Association’s Vice President last year and has been on the Executive Board of Directors for the past three years.

Mr. Farrar is a 30-year veteran of Marriott International, Inc. and currently serves as Vice President of Owner and Franchise Services.  He is responsible for the openings of over 120 Marriott, Renaissance, Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites and TownePlace Suites within the U.S. and Canada annually.  Farrar also oversees numerous conferences, meetings, advisory boards and training/orientations for Marriott owners and franchisees.  His background is primarily marketing based having served as a Director of Marketing for the Ft. Lauderdale Marina Marriott, the Miami Airport Marriott and the Des Moines Marriott, as well as a Regional Director of 35 Franchised Marriott hotels.

“Richard is a ‘make it happen’ individual with both commitment and energy for his alma mater,” said Ronald Cichy Director and Professor of MSU’s The School of Hospitality Business,  “His leadership with alumni, professors, and students will be a positive impact for The School and I look forward to working with him.” 

“We have an opportunity to strengthen our relationship with the hospitality industry and help the faculty better prepare our students for this exciting and growing business,” said Farrar.  “I think our job as MSU alumni, is to give back our time, talents, and money and I’m excited to be working with such a talented group including Ron (Cichy) and the new Vice President, Mike Murray (Vice President, Sage Hospitality, Denver, Colorado).”

About The School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University

Founded in 1927, The School is celebrating its 77th year anniversary in 2004.  The School has more than 8,500 graduates worldwide, including a number of leading academicians and industry executives.  The mission of The School is to continually enhance The Schools’ leadership position in hospitality business education through teaching, research, and service.  Recognized as the top-ranked hospitality business school in the world, The School offers an exceptionally well-crafted curriculum, taught by innovative professors who are leading textbook authors, sought-after consultants, and respected researchers.


Lena Loeffler
  The School of Hospitality Business
  (517) 353-9211
Also See: The School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University Names Allan Sherwin as the Dr. Lewis J. & Mrs. Ruth E. Minor Chef de Cuisine in Hospitality Business / June 2004
Chef Robert H. Nelson Retiring from Michigan State University; His Effect on Hospitality Education Spans Decades / September 2003

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