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The Central Florida Hospitality Hall of Fame®
Welcomes the 2018 Inductee:

Dr. Abraham Pizam, Founding Dean of the UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Managemnt

Dr. Abraham Pizam, Founding Dean, UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management

Dr. Abraham Pizam is Dean and Linda Chapin Eminent Scholar Chair in Tourism Management in UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management in Orlando, Florida, U.S.A. Professor Pizam is widely known in the field of Hospitality and Tourism Management and has conducted research projects, lectured, and served as a consultant in more than 30 countries. He has held various academic positions, in the U.S.A, U.K., France, Austria, Australia, New-Zealand, Singapore, Israel and Switzerland, has authored more than 160 scientific publications and ten books, is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Hospitality Management and serves on the editorial boards of 20 academic journals. Professor Pizam has conducted consulting and research projects for a variety of international, national and regional tourism organizations.

Dr. Pizam has served at UCF for 35 years, 14 as the founding dean at UCF Rosen College. In leading this College, which is ranked #2 in the world among hospitality and tourism colleges by CEOWORLD magazine, Dr. Pizam has the distinct privilege of working with 72 faculty from 17 different countries around the globe, 70 staff from diverse backgrounds and 3,500 students who will be the next generation of leaders of the hospitality industry. UCF Rosen College is located in America’s top tourism destination, within proximity to major hospitality and tourism industry employers and on a beautiful, resort-like campus setting.


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The Central Florida Hospitality Hall of Fame® is a distinguished group of hospitality and tourism industry leaders who have made a significant impact on Central Florida throughout their professional careers. Each year, UCF’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management selects two new members in consultation with its faculty members and industry advisory boards. These individuals are officially inducted into the Central Florida Hospitality Hall of Fame® at Rosen College’s annual celebration, The Pineapple Ball®.