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Hein named interim department head of hospitality, restaurant administration

Friday, May 3, 2013

Dr. Stephanie Hein

Melissa Dallas, JD,  head of the hospitality and restaurant administration department, will be stepping down effective June 1 to join the regular faculty on a nine-month appointment as professor.

After an internal search, Dean Tammy Jahnke is happy to announce that Dr. Stephanie Hein has agreed to serve as interim department head beginning June 1, pending board approval.   Hein is looking forward to the opportunities and challenges of the year ahead.

She added, “It is an honor to lead the HRA department into its next phase of development. I am committed to building on Melissa’s efforts and helping the HRA department, its students, faculty and staff realize continued success.”

Jahnke said, “I thank Melissa Dallas for her five years of service as the head of HRA. The program provides great educational opportunities to its students and the department is poised for growth. I also thank Dr. Hein for agreeing to serve in this interim position.  There is much to do in the coming year, and I look forward to working with Dr. Hein.”

A national search will be conducted for a permanent department head beginning in fall of 2013.  Dr. Dan Beckman, associate dean, has agreed to chair the search committee.


College of Natural and Applied Sciences
The College of Natural and Applied Sciences incorporates more than 20 undergraduate and 13 graduate programs along with one cooperative program offered through a partnership with Missouri S&T. The academic departments that make up the college include: biology; chemistry; computer science; engineering; geography, geology and planning; hospitality and restaurant administration; mathematics; and physics, astronomy and materials science. Students have the opportunity for intense hands-on research and internships through a number of outreach and research centers and work alongside faculty who are producing cutting-edge research in their fields.

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