Dr. Soon-Ho Kim, Director of the Regynald G. Washington Master’s Program adds: “We recruit exceptional students who are committed to becoming the thought leaders and innovators of our industry. Experiential learning is a strong component of the curriculum. For example, in early November, a team of our graduate students participated in the Smith Travel Research Market Analysis Competition which is part of the New York Hotel Show. The Georgia State team placed third in this international competition that included some of the world’s top hospitality programs learning valuable information from their own presentation as well as from other global teams.”
“Everyone associated with the hospitality program is passionate about educating students to provide them with a top-notch degree,” says Regynald G. Washington, who the master’s program is named after. “Students who come to Georgia State can be confident they are being prepared to be the next generation of leaders in the hospitality profession in the U.S. and around the world.”
Washington is a longtime Atlanta resident and renowned in the hospitality profession. He is a former elected officer and board member of the National Restaurant Association and served as chairman of the board from 2003-2004. He has also been involved with the Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA) since its inauguration and won the GRA’s Grace Award for Distinguished Service in 2016. In 2015, he gave a $1 million endowment to the Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality to further the education of aspiring hospitality professionals.