Finalists Announced for the Dean of School of Travel Industry Management

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Posted: Jan 29, 2014

Dr. Sevil Sonmez
Dr. Sevil Sonmez
Dr. Chris Roberts
Dr. Chris Roberts

Two finalists have been identified for the position of Dean, School of Travel Industry Management (TIM) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.  The two are scheduled to participate over a two day period of visits that covers department discussions; meetings with senior administrators, faculty, staff, students, and internal and external constituents; and a public presentation.

Campus and community members, as well as the general public, are encouraged to attend.

The campus visits of the two candidates have been scheduled as follows:

Dr. Sevil Sonmez, visiting February 6-7

Professor and Head, Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality and Tourism

Bryan School of Business and Economics

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Public Presentation:  Friday, February 7, 3:00-4:15 p.m./Crawford Hall 105


Dr. Chris Roberts, visiting February 13-14

Director and Professor

School of Hospitality Leadership

DePaul University

Public Presentation:  Friday, February 14, 3:00-4:15 p.m./Crawford Hall 105

“The Search Advisory Committee did a terrific job in identifying these finalists out of a pool of well qualified candidates, and I would like to thank them for their hard work and dedication to this search,” said Chancellor Tom Apple.  “We encourage UH faculty, staff, students and especially the local tourism community to come out and meet the candidates, and look forward to receiving their input which will assist in hiring the best person for the position.”

Added Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Reed Dasenbrock, “Given the centrality of travel and tourism to the economy of Hawai‘i, TIM has an enormous potential to shape the future of the state.    We look forward to meeting these outstanding candidates and hiring a new dean for the School.”  

For more information about the search process, including a list of the members of the search advisory committee, the campus visit daily schedule and the candidate biographies, see the search website at

For more information about the School of Travel Industry Management at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, please visit