Francis Kwansa

Associate Chairperson,
Associate Professor of HRIM

Department: Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Management
Campus Address: 116 Raub Hall
Newark, DE 19716
Phone: 302-831-6083


Dr. Kwansa is the Associate Chair and past Interem Chair of the Department of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management. Previously, he was the Director of Graduate Studies and Coordinator of the MBA/HRIM 4+1+1 program. He teaches courses in Financial Management and Managerial Accounting. He has been on the faculty of the Hospitality and Tourism Management Department at Virginia Tech and the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University, where he taught graduate and undergraduate courses in hospitality financial management and managerial accounting.

His industry experience includes managerial positions with Pizza Hut and the U.S. Army Reserves as a Food Service Specialist for eight years. He has published widely in both academic and trade journals, and is listed in the Who's Who of the Lodging Industry. He is the past President of the Association of Hospitality Financial Management Educators, Associate Editor of the Journal of Hospitality Financial Management, and member of the Financial Management Committee of the AH&LA. He also serves on the editorial boards of the Consortium Journal, Journal of Quality Assurance in Hospitality and Tourism, and the Journal of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Science.

His honors include the Alumni Excellence in Teaching Award and the Affirmative Action Award both from Virginia Tech. Dr. Kwansa has a Ph.D degree from Virginia Tech in Hospitality and Tourism Management (specializing in Finance and Statistics), masters degree from Virginia State University in Economics, and a bachelors in Economics and Psychology from University of Ghana.

The Lerner College is home to a state-of-the-art financial trading facility, the $1.5 million student-led Blue Hen Investment Club, a student-managed restaurant and hotel, a high-technology development center of a global bank and a start-up experience for students with new business ideas.

Undergraduate scholarships, made possible through the generosity of alumni and friends, enable us to support promising scholars. Here, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and his mother, Leni Markell, join recipients of the William Markell Scholarship (center), which benefits students in Accounting and MIS.

The Institute for Financial Services Analytics is a collaboration between the Lerner College, UD's College of Engineering and JPMorgan Chase, and hosts events for academics and the business community designed to address consumer analytics and industry applications.

All Lerner College departments offer discovery learning experiences and emphasize data-based analytics to enrich the student experience. Here, students at Vita Nova, our award-winning restaurant run through HRIM, joined professional chefs and winemakers in hosting a 2014 Mid-Atlantic Wine and Food Festival event.

Lerner College faculty - like Meryl Gardner, whose research on foods and moods was recently published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

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