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Hosting Education in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry

President Lefton's service on a variety of community- and regional-development groups gives him special insight into the huge economic impact of the region's hospitality and tourism industries. He strongly supported the creation of a master's-level program in hospitality and tourism management, which is the world's largest industry and comprises businesses such as attractions, conventions, amusements, events, sports, restaurants, lodging and transportation. Kent State's program, which prepares graduates for leadership and industry-related research and consulting positions, is the only one of its kind in Northeast Ohio.