Lalia Rach

UW-Stout, Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University, has announced that Lalia Rach, Ed.D, will join the faculty in the spring semester as associate dean of the College of Management and director of the School of Hospitality Leadership.

Rach’s background includes leading some of the world’s top hospitality and tourism programs at the university level. She was the divisional dean of the New York University Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management. During a 15-year tenure in that role, she transformed NYU’s programs in those areas, creating new undergraduate and graduate programs and attracting a global student enrollment while conducting a successful $30 million capital campaign.

She is the former dean of the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration at the University of New Haven (Conn.) and was director of the tourism graduate program at George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

“The opportunity to return to my home state and lead a dynamic hospitality program for the 21st century, along with the faculty and alumni, is extraordinary. I realize after three years away from administration that it is my passion and this is the right time and position for me," Rach said.

A Wisconsin native, she began her university teaching career at UW-Stout, earning Outstanding Teacher of the Year honors in her second year there.

“Lalia has an exceptional reputation in the hospitality industry both as an academic and innovation thought leader,” said Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen. “Our ability to attract such a highly regarded educator speaks volumes about the potential she sees in our School of Hospitality Leadership. This is one of the cornerstone undergraduate programs at UW-Stout, and I am convinced Lalia will transform an already solid program into one with even greater national and international acclaim.”

“Lalia brings to the School of Hospitality Leadership and to COM in general a wealth of experience and extensive industry connections,” said Abel Adekola, dean of the College of Management. “She also is very active in research and has delivered keynote speeches and seminars on a variety of consumer issues and perspectives. She has a tremendous skill set, and we are eager to have her get started.

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Lalia Rach