School of Hospitality Administration

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Dean-UpnejaA MESSAGE FROM DEAN UPNEJA

It was a banner year! Every dean hopes to begin a letter this way. You, our valued donors, have made so much of this possible. Thank you from all of us at SHA.
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The School of Hospitality Administration (SHA) is a young school blessed with proud traditions, the most important of which is a passion for hospitality.

We began our work—preparing talented young people for careers as executives and managers within industries related to travel and food—in 1981, as part of BU’s Metropolitan College. In 2004, we became a freestanding, degree-granting BU school.

Today we are 425 students taught by seven full-time faculty members and another dozen adjuncts teaching specialized offerings. We require our students to go through a rigorous internship program that amounts to some 800 hours of practical work. From managing lodging properties to food service enterprises, to travel and tourism organizations, to event and entertainment venues, SHA prepares students for leadership roles in the hospitality industry without ever losing sight of the human connection that is the centuries-old foundation of all hospitality: service to others.

Campaign Priorities

Naming the School

A gift of $10 million or more will secure perpetual naming rights to the School itself, one of the few top-tier hospitality management schools still available for this opportunity. Honoring someone by having a school at a major research university named for them confers special standing among their peers, their friends and family, and the larger society; it is an honor that will last for generations to come.

Naming the building

A gift of $5 million or more will secure naming rights to the School of Hospitality building at 928 Commonwealth Avenue, showcasing your name, or the name of a loved one, on one of the best schools on one of the most-traveled roadways in Boston.

Faculty support

Endowed faculty chairs ($2.5 million apiece) will allow us to recruit, attract, and retain the very best hospitality management faculty members who will specialize in applied research and teaching. Endowing faculty chairs is the strongest commitment a donor can make in support of our goal to achieve academic excellence.

Other ways to support our faculty include, gifts of $500,000 or more to endow a lecture series, $250,000 or more to support faculty research, and $50,000 to build or renovate faculty offices.

Educational and programming initiatives

A gift of $1 million or more will support student scholarship, ensuring access to the very best students, regardless of their economic concerns. Or, a $1 million gift can establish an international experience fund, supporting our students as they travel abroad and learn the very best practices in hospitality around the world. Either way, your support will open doors for deserving students, eager to learn.

A gift of $500,000 will establish a Sustainability Center for SHA, a big priority for us as we seek ways to remain thoughtful and engaged citizens of the world.

Similarly, a gift of $200,000 will endow a premier classroom at SHA, ensuring our students and faculty have access to the latest technology and innovation, providing a top-notch learning environment for our next generation of hospitality leaders.