GUELPH, Ont. — The University of Guelph’s School of Hospitality, Food and Tourism Management (HFTM) will have a new director, effective Aug. 1. Dr. Statia Elliott, a university faculty member since 2007, has won the appointment after an extensive international search.
The selection was guided by a committee that included faculty members Mike von Massow, Chris Choi and Tanya MacLaurin; staff members Brigid Flucker; student, Stephanie Walker; chair, Stephen Kosempel; and alumnus, Jeff Hyslop
Elliott replaces Dr. Joe Barth who served as acting director for the past two years. “Dr. Barth has contributed much to the management of the school and the college during this time and will be greatly missed,” said Julia Christensen Hughes, dean, College of Business and Economics. “Joe’s willingness to serve in this role has been most appreciated.”
In her 10-year career in management and consulting within the hospitality-and-tourism industry, Elliott has worked as director of Marketing for the Manitoba Department of Tourism. She has a BComm and MA in Economics and a PhD in Management.
Elliott has taught at the undergraduate and graduate level in a variety of subjects, including “Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism Management,” taken by all of the school’s incoming majors, as well as “Hospitality and Tourism Marketing” at the graduate level. Elliott has also authored several book chapters and technical reports and has researched topics such as wine identity, culinary travel and destination image.