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      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

      Educational Institute Honors Ray Kavanaugh with Anthony G. Marshall Award

      Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, June 11, 2008 - Raphael R. Kavanaugh, Ed.D., CHA, FMP, professor and head, department of hospitality and tourism management, Purdue University, is the 2008 recipient of the Anthony G. Marshall Award, presented by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute. This award recognizes an individual who has made significant long-term contributions to the hospitality industry in educating future leaders. Kavanaugh received the award during the AH&LA Summer Summit in Oklahoma City, at the AH&LA Stars of the Industry Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, June 11.

      Kavanaugh leads a department that is ranked in the top five nationally for undergraduate and graduate degree programs in hospitality and tourism management. He is a founding fellow of the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation and served on the board of trustees for EI. Kavanaugh also served for ten years as a trustee for the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, which recently presented him with the Michael E. Hurst Lifetime Achievement in Education Award. He has also been awarded the Howard Meek and Champion of Education awards from the International Council of Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (I-CHRIE). He has served as both president and chairman of the board for I-CHRIE.

      Kavanaugh is the author of more than 90 publications, including co-author of the EI textbook, Supervision in the Hospitality Industry. His research concentration is human resources management and strategic planning in the hospitality and tourism industry. Prior to Purdue, Kavanaugh was professor and director of the school of hotel and restaurant administration at Oklahoma State University. He also taught at the University of Central Florida and Florida State University. Internationally, he has worked to implement educational programs in Poland, Belize, China, Japan, Indonesia, and Thailand.
      In addition to his academic experiences, Kavanaugh served for five years a director of human resources for Red Lobster Restaurants, Inc., responsible for company-wide training, employment, management development, and employee assistance programs. As vice president of product development for the Educational Institute, he was responsible for the development of video training programs, textbooks, seminars, and instructional software. Kavanaugh serves on the board of directors for the Restaurant & Hospitality Association of Indiana and the Indiana Hotel & Lodging Association. He has also served as an appointee of the governor to Indiana's Tourism Council.

      About the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute
      Established in 1953 as a nonprofit educational foundation of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the Educational Institute’s mission is to continue being the preferred provider to the lodging industry, hospitality schools, and related hospitality industries by developing and providing quality resources to train, educate, and certify hospitality professionals worldwide.

      Elizabeth Johnson - ejohnson@ahla.com

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