UVU Professor Honored As Outstanding U.S. Educator | News
The following is a news release from Utah Valley University:
Craig Huish, Utah Valley University professor and hospitality management coordinator, is the 2011 recipient of the prestigious Lamp of Knowledge Award for Outstanding United States Educator presented by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI). Huish received the award during the AH&LA Summer Summit in Atlanta, Ga., at the AH&LA Stars of the Industry Awards luncheon on June 15.
“The Lamp of Knowledge Award is presented to deserving individuals who demonstrate extraordinary commitment to advancing the quality of professionalism and education in the hospitality industry. We are thrilled that Craig has been nominated to receive this accolade in recognition for his dedication to Utah Valley University and contribution to the hospitality industry,” explains Norman Wright, dean of the Woodbury School of Business.
As a hospitality educator, Huish teaches courses in hospitality management, hotel operations, management, marketing and hospitality services, hospitality law and food and beverage management. He currently holds the position of Hospitality Management program coordinator and lecturer at UVU where he has been teaching for the last six years. Prior to UVU, Huish taught at Kapiolani Community College and Brigham Young University-Hawaii. He earned a master’s degree from BYU in educational leadership and Certified Hotel Administrator credentials from the Educational Institute of the American Hotel and Lodging Association.
“The foundation for every individual or company success in our industry begins with great teachers, educator, and mentors,” explains Robert L. Steele III, president and chief operating officer of AHLEI. “That is why we take the opportunity to recognize, honor and award outstanding educators.”
He presently serves on the Utah Hotel and Lodging Association “Stars of the Industry Committee, the American Hotel and Lodging Association Education Advisory Committee and the I-CHRIE Education Advisory Committee. He also serves as academic advisor to the UVU Eta Sigma Delta, National Minorities in Hospitality clubs and the Career and Technical Education Council.
Prior to his teaching career Huish spent over 40 years in the hospitality industry working in hotels, restaurants, and institutional food services operations. He has worked for BYU Food Services Management in all the boarding units including the Missionary Training Center. He served as director of BYUH Food Services, Casino Food Services, opening Restaurant Manager for the Mountain Springs Travel Center, kitchen manager of Old Salt City Jail Restaurant and waiter for El Azteca Restaurants. He started his hospitality career as a night auditor for Best Western Desert Inn.