News Articles

Don Farr, director of the Dedman School of Hospitality
May 29, 2017

Don Farr may be the only director of a hospitality school who holds a doctorate, an MBA, and a “Class A” PGA Professional ranking. Farr came to FSU in 2007 to direct the Dedman School’s golf management program and has continued to develop as an academic and a leader. We discussed his career and vision for the school.

Phil LaBrecque
May 04, 2017

Phil LaBrecque was a leader in the private club industry for more than thirty years, who cared about people and made a difference in their lives by encouraging and inspiring them. In that spirit of helping others, the LaBrecque family has created the Phil LaBrecque Memorial Scholarship at the Dedman School of Hospitality.

Dedman junior Jonathan Paulson at Augusta National Club
May 02, 2017

Florida State University’s Dedman School of Hospitality and Augusta National Golf Club partnered to put world-class experience on the resumes of nearly 65 students at the Masters Tournament in April.

Carly Plantamura
April 28, 2017

Until she earned it, Spring 2017 graduate Carly Plantamura never heard of the Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key. Her academic achievement — completion of a Bachelor of Science in hospitality management while maintaining a 4.0 GPA — led to a surprise recognition from a professional business fraternity.

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January 04, 2017

The 2017 Cecil B. Day Ethics Award was conferred upon Dan T. Cathy, Chairman and CEO of Chick-fil-A, at the organization’s corporate officer meeting in Atlanta this January. This was the tenth time a hospitality industry leader received the annual award for ethical leadership from the Day family and the Dedman School of Hospitality at Florida State University.

Woody Kim

Woo Gon “Woody” Kim, the Robert H. Dedman Professor of Hospitality Management, ranks third in a list of the “Top 32 Hospitality Faculty by Research Impact,” in a study published in the Journal of Teaching in Travel & Tourism.


After almost eight years of service as director of the Dedman School of Hospitality, Jane Boyd Ohlin has moved into a new role as the school’s first director of Strategic Development.


Restaurateur John Rivers, owner and head chef of 4 Rivers Smokehouse, and his wife, Monica, have committed $105,000 to create the John and Monica Rivers 4 Rivers Dedman School of Hospitality Endowed Scholarship.


Dale Haney, a 1971 hotel and restaurant administration alumnus, has been selected as the Dedman School of Hospitality’s 2016 Alumnus of the Year.

2016 Master's Augusta National

While the world’s greatest professional golfers were teeing off at Augusta National for the 2016 Masters Tournament, 35 Florida State students were behind the scenes sharing in the excitement.