Who We Are

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CIHF, a partnership between the School of Hotel Administration (SHA) and the College of Human Ecology (CHE), is believed to be the world’s first academic center to combine hospitality, health policy/management, and design. Underscoring the schools’ joint leadership, Kate Walsh, Dean of the School of Hotel Administration and E.M. Statler Professor, and Alan Mathios, the Rebecca Q. and James C. Morgan Dean of the College of Human Ecology, are co-chairs of the governing board. Senior executives from several companies serve on the CIHF Advisory Board.

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CIHF is led by Executive Director Rohit Verma, Ph.D., Dean of External Relations, Singapore Tourism Board Distinguished Professor, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business. Mardelle McCuskey Shepley, FAIA, EDAC, LEED AP, CHE Professor of Design and Environmental Analysis; Brooke Hollis MBA ’78, Associate Director of CHE’s Sloan Program in Health Administration; and Alex Susskind, PhD., Associate Professor Food & Beverage Management, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, are associate directors. Brenda Smith is CIHF’s program manager and is supported by Melissa Carlisle (Corporate and Foundation Relations). Faculty members from Cornell and other universities and industry executives serve as Faculty Fellows,  Academic Scholars and Industry Scholars. CIHF hosts visiting scholars from around the world and  supports the student organization, CUHF.
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