Cárdenas named acting dean of College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management – UofSC News & Events



David Cárdenas has been named acting dean of the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management, effective July 1. He succeeds current Acting Dean Matt Brown, who returns to his role as Chairman of the Department of Sports and Entertainment Management after leading the college since July 2020.

Over the past five years, the college has experienced phenomenal growth in the quantity, quality, and diversity of its students, including a 23.5% increase in freshman enrollment. As Interim Dean, Cárdenas will ensure this success continues by supporting the faculty and staff who make it possible.

“I love the UofSC,” says Cárdenas, who started in South Carolina in 2011. “I love the college. We have the best students; we have the best faculty and the best staff. are growing and we have a thriving and vibrant alumni base, which is great.

Currently, Cárdenas is the Associate Dean of Academic Programs at the College of HRSM, where he oversees its curriculum, international programs, student services, and alumni and corporate engagement. As Associate Dean, and in collaboration with each of the college’s units, he participated in the revision of the Retail Management curriculum, brought online the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, developed a minor in event management and started a joint master’s degree in sport. and entertainment management with Qatar ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup host country.

“The potential of our college is endless. Creating exceptional experiences is at the heart of what we do, and our industries have the power to connect cultures, inspire adventure, strengthen global economies and enrich people’s lives.

David Cárdenas, Acting Dean HRSM

William F. Tate, provost and executive vice president of academic affairs at the University of South Carolina, believes Cárdenas is the right person to move the college forward.

“David’s investment in building an inclusive community of scholars represents one of his many important leadership traits,” says Tate. “His dedicated commitment to a student-centered community aligns with the university’s strategic plan. David is a talented thought leader. He is ready to take HRSM forward on this important step in the implementation of the strategic plan.

Ten percent of South Carolina’s state economy comes from the hospitality, sports, retail, and food and beverage industries, making college students part of integral to the economic success of the state. Despite the effect of the pandemic on these industries, Cárdenas believes the demand for customer experiences and services will be higher than ever in the post-pandemic world. And he will ensure that the College of HRSM and its students are ready to meet this demand.

“The potential for our college is endless,” he says. “Creating exceptional experiences is at the heart of what we do, and our industries have the power to connect cultures, inspire adventure, strengthen global economies and enrich people’s lives. When people aren’t working, we’re the ones helping them get to a sporting event, concert, dinner, shopping or traveling the world. After a year of social distancing, people are looking forward to enjoying life. And I think there’s going to be a huge rebound in the industries that we serve.


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