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Carl A. Boger Jr the First Recipient of the Clinton L. Rappole Endowed Chair at University
of Houston's Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management

The Chair Position Enhances His Ability to Conduct Research in Spa and Wellness Management

HOUSTON, May 6, 2009— The Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of Houston recently announced that Carl A. Boger Jr., associate dean of Academics, has been named the first recipient of the Clinton L. Rappole Endowed Chair. 

Boger, who has been with the Hilton College since 2005, oversees academic departments as well as Information Technology and Career Placement. The Chair position he now holds will enhance his ability to continue to conduct research in his newest area of interest—spa and wellness management. The focus of his research is to conduct sensory experiments to determine how a spa goers’ five senses affect the buying decision. He is also currently leading graduate students’ research projects that include developing a green standard for spas, benchmarking the Texas Spa Industry and identifying culture-based massage modalities. The lack of quantifiable research in the spa industry has led  Boger to aggressively pursue research within this area.

“Carl has been instrumental in helping this great college move forward as a leader in hospitality education,” noted John T. Bowen, dean of the Hilton College. “His incredible work ethic has allowed him to execute all of his administrative duties while becoming one of the leading academic experts in Spa Management. At the Conrad N. Hilton College, one is appointed to a chair by one’s peers, which makes this recognition that much more special.” 

Boger earned his undergraduate degree and both his Master’s and PhD from Purdue University. Prior to his tenure at the Hilton College, he was the Chair of the School of Hotel, Tourism and Restaurant Management at the University of South Carolina. As a professor, he specializes in lodging management, medical tourism and revenue management. 

As an administrator at the Hilton College, Boger has instituted new academic programs, including the Sales and Event Management Concentration at the University of Houston System at Sugar Land in neighboring Fort Bend County. He has generated excitement among students and industry alike with the creation of a spa management curriculum and this June will host the first annual Southwest EduSpa Summit, which will bring spa industry leaders from throughout the country to the College. 

The Clinton L. Rappole Endowed Chair is the fourth endowed chair at the Conrad N. Hilton College. The first three were created and funded entirely by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. The Rappole Chair, which honors beloved professor Clinton L. Rappole who, in addition to his 33 years of teaching and mentoring students at the Hilton College served as dean and associate dean, is the first endowed chair initiated by alumni and funded primarily through alumni and other donor support. Dorothy Nicholson, an alumna of the college and a former student of Dr. Rappole, spearheaded the fundraising campaign to honor her mentor with an endowed chair. The campaign raised $1.2 million, including a matching gift from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.  
About the UH Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management 
The Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, which offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in hotel and restaurant management and hospitality management, is one of the top-ranked hospitality programs
in the world. Currently, students from 27 countries study here. For more information on the Conrad N. Hilton College visit

About the University of Houston 
The University of Houston, Texas’ premier metropolitan research and teaching institution, is home to more than 40 research centers and institutes and sponsors more than 300 partnerships with corporate, civic and governmental entities. UH, the most diverse research university in the country, stands at the forefront of education, research and service with more than 35,000 students. 


Debbie Maurer  

Also See: Think Tanks Focusing on the Spa Industry Show Students that Spas Have Become a Necessity Rather than an Option for the Lodging Industry / October 2008



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