Kabacoff School Accepts $50,000 Gift from Greater New Orleans Hotel and Lodging Association


The Lester E. Kabacoff School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration at the University of New Orleans accepted a $50,000 donation from the Greater New Orleans Hotel and Lodging Association Hospitality Education Foundation.

Tod Chambers, President of the Greater New Orleans Hotel and Lodging Association (GNOHLA) Hospitality Education Foundation, along with the Mavis Early, the foundation’s executive director, presented John Williams, director of the Kabacoff School, with the donation during a ceremony at the Winsor Court Hotel. The money will go to aid the University of New Orleans’ marketing efforts to increase national awareness of the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration.

“As demand for well-educated, quality hospitality employees increases, GNOHLA’s Hospitality Education Foundation is devoted to the development and cultivation of new talent for the greater New Orleans area,” Early said. “In a time when marketing budgets are commonly reduced, the decreased supply of hospitality graduates in the marketplace encouraged GNOHLA to fulfill a need and support the partnership between UNO and the tourism community.”

“This wonderfully generous award from the Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association Hospitality Education Foundation will provide the essential funding to promote our bachelor of science and master of science programs in hotel, restaurant and tourism administration,” Williams said. “The funding will also be used to promote and advertise the launch of our new fully online master of science degree program in hospitality and tourism management, as we further extend student enrollment nationally and internationally. This gift serves as an excellent example of how the Greater New Orleans Hotel and Lodging Association is devoted to its mission of representing the New Orleans hospitality industry through education.”

The endowment is consistent with the organization’s mission of promoting awareness and education of viable hospitality career paths to the New Orleans community. The Greater New Orleans Hotel and Lodging Association Hospitality Education Foundation also partners with Warren Easton Charter High School Hospitality Academy. Through the foundation, two scholarships are awarded each year to qualified seniors who are pursuing their education in hospitality at either the University of New Orleans or Delgado Community College.

The foundation also sponsors speaker programs, hospitality career panels, mock interviewing workshops and mentoring for scholarship recipients as well as an annual career fair for students enrolled in UNO’s College of Business Administration and the Kabacoff School of Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Administration.

The Kabacoff School is the largest hospitality and tourism program in the state. Its master’s degree program has a 100 percent job placement rate in its 10-year existence.