New Dean Named to the Rosen College of Hospitality Management

Dr. Youcheng Wang has been selected as the next Dean of the Rosen College of Hospitality Management.

Dr. Wang joined UCF in 2003 as an assistant professor and was named Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Research for the college in 2010. He also holds the title of William Peeper Destination Marketing Preeminent Professor.

Prior to joining UCF, his experience included both industry and academia, working for the Beijing Institute of Tourism, the Beijing Tourism Administration, and the University of Illinois. While at UCF, he has helped to elevate the college by initiating partnerships with multiple universities internationally including Japan, China, South Korea, UK and mainland Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. He is regarded as an interantional scholar in the areas of destination marketing and management, technology management, and collaborative strategies, with accumulating 6,242 citations and an h-index of 36. He is the author of 3 books and more than 150 scientific publications. Dr. Wang is also serving as co-editor-in-chief for the Journal of Destination Marketing and Management.

Dr. Wang received his Ph.D. in tourism marketing and management from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an M.S. in hospitality and tourism management from Purdue University.

Dr. Wang will assume his new role in August 2018, succeeding Dr. Abraham Pizam who set a foundation of excellence during his 17 years of service as the founding dean of the college.

— (December 18, 2017)