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11 May 2021 10:00am EDT

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Karen A. Holbrook

Dr. Holbrook was appointed regional chancellor at USFSM in January 2018. She previously served as USF’s EVP and senior advisor to the president of the USF system; SVP for global affairs and international research; and SVP for research, innovation and global affairs. Dr. Holbrook has served as the interim president at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; the president at The Ohio State University; SVP for academic affairs and provost at University of Georgia; VP of research and dean of the graduate school at University of Florida; and associate dean for research and professor at University of Washington School of Medicine. She serves on numerous boards, advisory panels and councils in education and health-related fields. Dr. Holbrook earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at University of Wisconsin and her doctorate at University of Washington School of Medicine.


Harry J. Holzer

Harry J. Holzer

Harry J. Holzer is the John LaFarge Jr. SJ Professor of Public Policy at Georgetown University, a Nonresident Senior Fellow at Brookings, and an Institute Fellow at the American Institute for Research in Washington DC. He is a former Chief Economist for the U.S. Department of Labor and a former Professor of Economics at Michigan State University. He was a founding faculty director of the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality. He is also an affiliate of the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and of the Stanford Institute on Poverty and Inequality. He received his BA from Harvard in 1978 (graduating Summa Cum Laude) and his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard in 1983. Holzer has authored or edited 12 books and several dozen journal articles, mostly on disadvantaged American workers and their employers, as well as on education and workforce issues and labor market policy


Greg Smogard

Greg Smogard is the Assistant Vice President of Innovation and Business Development at the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus. He is responsible for leading the campus’ business engagement efforts with a focus on creating and enhancing mutually beneficial partnerships with businesses by leveraging the university’s resources and innovation expertise. He joined the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus in the summer of 2018. Prior to that, he worked with the Center for International Business Education and Research at the University of Miami Business School, serving as director of Innovators for the Americas, an experiential entrepreneurship course that partnered Miami students and professors with their counterparts in four Latin American universities.




Fevzi Okumus

Dr. Okumus has widely published in leading journals, including Tourism Management, Annals of Tourism Research, Journal of Business Research, Service Industries Journal, Management Decision, International Journal of Hospitality Management, International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management and Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research. He has over 250 academic publications (over 150 refereed journal articles, three books, 12 book chapters and 90 conference presentations and reports). According to GoogleScholar, as of September 1st 2020, his publications have received over 10300 citations and he has an h-index of 50. He chaired/co-chaired and served on numerous PhD dissertation and master thesis committees. He secured competitive grants, contracts and scholarships totaling an amount of $500.000.


He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management (IJCHM), which has an Impact Factor of 5.667 and is one of the leading journals in the hospitality and tourism field. He is also the Editor of the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Insights. He serves on the editorial boards of 26 international journals. He is a frequent speaker at international conferences. He is a Visiting Professor at San Yet Sen University’s Business School in Guangzhou, China, and Visiting Chair Professor at the National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism.

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