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Widener Dean Named Chairman of the Pennsylvania Hospitality Foundation Board of Directors

Dr. Nicholas Hadgis, founding dean of the School of Hospitality Management at Widener University, was named chairman of the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Hospitality Foundation (PHF), the educational foundation of the Pennsylvania Tourism and Lodging Association (PTLA), on July 1.

hadgisThe foundation was created to provide scholarships, job training and educational services, and to support the preservation and advancement of the tourism and hospitality industry in the Commonwealth. PHF sponsors the annual Lodging Management Program State Competition, providing students from across the Commonwealth with the opportunity to compete in a variety of activities designed to test their skill level and professionalism in the hospitality management field. 

Hadgis, who replaced, James C. Miles, has served on the PHF board since 2006.

“It is gratifying to be in a position to help students prepare for careers in the growing Hospitality Industry, the second largest employer in Pennsylvania and one of the largest employers nationally and internationally,” Hadgis said. “I am deeply honored that I’ve been given the opportunity to serve students and the industry.”

Hadgis is a qualified scholar to assume the role. He received the Lindback Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching while at Widener. He also received the Howard B. Meek Award for outstanding leadership and service to the field of hospitality education and the Citizen Diplomacy Award from the International Visitors Council of Philadelphia.

Among his duties at Widener, he has also lectured at the University of Istanbul as Distinguished Visiting Professor and has given workshops on strategic planning for the hotel industry in China, India, Ukraine, and Russia.

He is the Past President of the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education and serves on the Human Resources Committee of the American Hotel and Lodging Association.

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener comprises eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate’s, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university’s campuses in Chester, Exton, and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del., serve some 6,500 students. Visit the university Web site,