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LeHew named interim HMD department head

Monday, August 11, 2014

Melody LeHew, professor in the Department of Apparel, Textiles, and Interior Design and former president of the K-State faculty senate, has been named interim head of the Department of Hospitality Management and Dietetics.

Melody LeHew

Melody LeHew

The announcement came today from John Buckwalter, dean of the College of Human Ecology.

“Dr. LeHew brings a wealth of experience. In addition she has served the university and the college in a number of ways, most notably as faculty senate president,” he said. “I appreciate her willingness to take on this important role and I am confident that she will be able to provide strong leadership until a permanent department head can be selected.”

LeHew received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in textile and clothing from Ohio State University and her doctorate in retail and consumer science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She joined the K-State faculty in 1996.

Her research focuses on sustainability education and sustainable strategies in soft goods industry.

She is also director of an Agricultural Experiment Station 5-year project investigating sustainable apparel design, production, distribution and consumption, as well as sustainability education; project director of a USDA NIFA Higher Education Challenge Grant large-scale initiative focused on enhancing climate science and sustainability competencies in textile and apparel programs; and a member of the Women's Studies affiliated faculty.

The Department of Hospitality Management and Dietetics has nearly 550 undergraduate and graduate students and offers a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management, a concurrent Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Hospitality Management, a minor in hospitality management, a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics (both online and on campus), a Master of Science in Hospitality and Dietetics Administration, a Master of Science in Dietetics (online) and a Ph.D. with specialization in hospitality and dietetics administration.

This spring Jeannie Sneed announced that she would step down as department head.

This article was posted on Monday, August 11, 2014, and is filed under College News, Hospitality Management.