UNLV President Neal Smatresk and Executive Vice President and Provost John Valery White announce that Dr. Stowe Shoemaker has accepted the offer to become the dean of the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration, effective July 1, 2013.
Shoemaker spent the first nine years of his academic career at UNLV and then the last eight years at the University of Houston as associate dean of research for the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management before returning to UNLV in 2012 as a Lincy professor at the Hotel College. In addition to his research in gaming, Dr. Shoemaker has worked extensively with University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center on patient satisfaction. He is currently helping write the strategic plan to bring health care tourism to Southern Nevada.
“It is an honor to be appointed as the Dean of the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration. I look forward to working with our faculty and staff, our industry partners, students, community members and university leaders, as the college embarks on the future,” Shoemaker said.
Shoemaker earned his Ph.D. in services marketing from Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, a master’s of science in hotel restaurant and travel administration from the University of Massachusetts, and his bachelor’s of science in business from the University of Vermont.
Shoemaker succeeds Don Snyder, who has served as interim dean of the Hotel College since July 2010. Snyder will remain with UNLV to lead the UNLVNow stadium project as well as several other major initiatives that will transform the UNLV campus.