FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management Hires New Faculty to Strengthen Academics in Three Key Hospitality Sectors

/FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management Hires New Faculty to Strengthen Academics in Three Key Hospitality Sectors

FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management Hires New Faculty to Strengthen Academics in Three Key Hospitality Sectors

|2018-09-25T14:36:00-05:00September 25th, 2018|

MIAMI (September 25, 2018)- Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, recognized by as one of the nation’s top hospitality programs, has welcomed three new faculty members this fall.

The new faculty members bring extensive industry and teaching experience in real estate acquisition, new restaurant concepts, and trade show, convention and event management.

George Macropulos brings decades of experience as an executive in the hospitality industry with expertise in revenue management and real estate development. Brian Connors will join FIU after 15 years of successfully designing and executing new restaurant concepts. Dan Cormany will return to FIU from Silicon Valley, where he has specialized in special events, trade shows and convention management.

“Like many of our existing faculty members, professors Macropulos, Connors and Cormany possess invaluable industry knowledge and experience, and they have proven track records as educators,” said Michael Cheng, interim dean of the Chaplin School. “They come to us with a wide network of industry connections. That’s the foundation for student success.”

About the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management

Florida International University's Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management has been distinguished as one of the top hospitality programs in the U.S. More than 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students from across the United States and around the world choose FIU for its outstanding reputation, advantageous campus locations, expert faculty, rich curriculum, and fast-track career opportunities in the international hotel, foodservice, and tourism industries. In August 2006, FIU unveiled the first US School of Hospitality and Tourism in Tianjin, China. The Marriott Tianjin China Program is FIU’s largest international program, with a capacity for 1,000 students. For more information about Florida International University’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, visit

About FIU

Florida International University is classified by Carnegie as a “R1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity” and recognized as a Carnegie Community Engaged university. It is a public research university with colleges and schools that offer bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in fields such as business, engineering, computer science, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida’s anchor institutions, FIU contributes almost $9 billion each year to the local economy. The university received honors in all categories of The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “2017 Great Colleges to work for.” FIU graduates are consistently among the highest paid college graduates in Florida and are among the leaders of public and private organizations throughout South Florida. FIU is Worlds Ahead in finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission with multiple state-of-the-art research facilities including the Wall of Wind Research and Testing FacilityFIU’s Medina Aquarius Program and the Advanced Materials Engineering Research Institute. FIU has awarded more than 220,000 degrees and enrolls more than 56,000 students in two campuses and centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell, [email protected], the Miami Beach Urban Studios, and Tianjin, China. FIU also supports artistic and cultural engagement through its three museums: Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, the Wolfsonian-FIU, and the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. FIU is a member of Conference USA and more than 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit

Contact: Lazaro Gonzalez

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