Hospitality business management expands to Tri-Cities campus

By Jeffrey Dennison, WSU Tri-Cities

Donna-PaulRICHLAND, Wash. – On March 12, the Washington State University Faculty Senate voted to extend the bachelor of arts degree in hospitality business management (HBM) to the Carson College of Business on the Tri-Cities campus. The degree will offer two majors: HBM and wine business management.

“Extension of the HBM degree to the Tri-Cities campus emerges from the strategic vision of campus leadership to produce graduates with job-ready skills that are in demand by the state and local community,” said Donna Paul, professor and academic director for business programs.

“This will facilitate synergistic collaborations with our signature wine science program,” she said. “These two sought-after majors will increase our offerings through the Carson College of Business, making WSU Tri-Cities a very desirable campus for business students throughout the Mid-Columbia region and the state.”

The HBM major provides instruction in the operation of hospitality industry businesses such as hotels, restaurants, managed services venues and tourist destinations.

The wine business management major is a first-of-its-kind interdisciplinary degree that trains graduates in a broad range of wine business and related areas – from the management of wine production to the identification and development of demand generators.

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Jeffrey Dennison, WSU Tri-Cities director of marketing and communications, 509-372-7319,
Donna Paul, WSU Tri-Cities academic director for business programs, 509-372-7233,