About The Howard Johnson Executive-In-Residence Program

The Howard Johnson Executive-in-Residence Program was established in the fall of 2016 and is supported by William H. Weeks in tandem with the Howard Johnson Foundation. The Executive-in-Residence program allows the School of Hospitality Administration to host industry executives and leaders, where they can share their expertise with students and faculty via lectures, workshops, mentorship, and elective courses.

The program is graciously supported by a gift from William H. Weeks in concert with the Howard Johnson Foundation. William H. Weeks’ gift is made in honor of his grandfather Howard D. Johnson, Boston native and founder of the American restaurant and motel chain Howard Johnson’s. Johnson is most accredited with founding the concept of restaurant franchising in the late 1920s. By 1965, the Howard Johnson brand included 770 restaurants and 265 motels.

Spring 2024 – Dondra Ritzenthaler, Chief Executive Officer of Azamara Cruises (April 3 & 4)

We are proud to welcome this Spring Dondra Ritzenthaler as an Executive-In-Residence.

Objectives of Residency: Share insights and information in a variety of forums to engage in a personal and substantive way with undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty. 

Schedule Highlights:

April 3, 2024

April 4, 2024

  • 9:00am-10:45: Professor Jonathan Katz’s class
  • 1pm-7pm: Hospitality Leadership Summit (CDS)