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Edward Evans Named Founding Director for Cornell
Hotel School's Center for Entrepreneurship


Ithaca, NY, September 22, 2004 -- Edward A. Evans, a longtime senior executive in the managed services sector, has been appointed founding director for the Center for Entrepreneurship at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration.

"The Cornell Hotel School has a longstanding record of producing graduates who go on to become successful entrepreneurs in new ventures, family businesses and corporations," said David W. Butler, dean of the School. "It is critical that we formalize our commitment to this important field of management."

Evans, a graduate of the Cornell Hotel School and the Johnson Graduate School of Management, served most recently as senior vice president of Human Resources for ARAMARK's Uniform and Career Apparel Group. In that capacity he played a key strategic role in building ARAMARK's reputation as a creative and entrepreneurial leader in the industry. Evans will work closely with Hotel School faculty and alumni, other industry leaders and the Cornell academic community to further strengthen entrepreneurship at the School.

"Ed is an ideal choice to lead this new Center," said Leo Renaghan, the School's associate dean for academic affairs. "He has helped drive many successful entrepreneurial ventures with ARAMARK and he is respected by industry leaders. Ed will work with our faculty, our alumni and our broad industry network to build a thriving Center that draws on the best our field can offer in entrepreneurial thinking and practice."

A native Ithacan, Evans will begin his new position in mid-November.

"I look forward with great excitement to working in a world-class academic community committed to producing leaders in both entrepreneurial practice and education," Evans said. "Working from the strong base already built by the faculty, staff and alumni, we can create a Center that is truly distinctive in further exploring and enabling entrepreneurship across the many communities of interest served by our School."

The Cornell School of Hotel Administration is shaping the global knowledge base for hospitality management through leadership in education, research and industry advancement. The school provides management-level instruction in the full range of hospitality disciplines, educating the next generation of leaders in the world’s largest industry. Founded in 1922 as the nation’s first collegiate course of study in hospitality management, the Cornell Hotel School is recognized as the world leader in its field.

School of Hotel Administration
Bill Summers
Also See: Gary M. Thompson Appointed Executive Director of The Center for Hospitality Research at Cornell University’s School of Hote Administration / July 2003
Cornell’s Dean David W. Butler Leverages Hotel School Industry Relationships to Shape Hospitality Strategy Conference / Feb 2001

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