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Kate Walsh Named Dean of School of Hotel Administration at Cornell

Kate Walsh, MPS ’90, has been named the seventh dean of the School of Hotel Administration, Provost Michael Kotlikoff announced June 16. She is the first female dean of the Hotel School and the second alumnus to lead it.

Walsh has served as interim dean since July 1, 2016. Her four-year appointment was approved June 15 by the Executive Committee of the Cornell University Board of Trustees. Walsh successfully led the Hotel School through its first, crucial year as part of the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, Kotlikoff said. “Kate demonstrated a magnificent capacity for leadership during a transformative time in the life of the university and its business education programs,” Kotlikoff said. “I am confident she will continue to guide the Hotel School with her signature clarity of vision, administrative effectiveness and her passion for and dedication to the school’s academic excellence and its alumni, students and faculty.”