The Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and the School of Travel Industry Management (TIM School) are joining forces effective September 1, 2019. The unification will strengthen and expand relationships with the tourism industry, community, alumni and students as it did under Dean Chuck Gee’s visionary leadership. Faculty and students can also look forward to new opportunities and resources as well as increased financial support.

The TIM School will become part of Shidler College and will operate under a “school-within-a-college” model. This allows the TIM School to retain its separate identity from Shidler College and maintain its focus on tourism, Hawaiʻi’s largest industry.

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“Workforce development is a major issue of concern in the global tourism industry and industry leaders have emphasized to us that there are many career opportunities for well-educated professionals, but it is critical for their employees to have strong business foundations,” said V. Vance Roley, dean of Shidler College and interim dean of the TIM School. “We believe offering the best of the Shidler College and the TIM School will prepare students for successful careers after graduation.”

A search will begin soon for a full-time executive leader, who will be director of the TIM School and associate dean of Shidler College.

Shidler College’s initial investment in the TIM School will include financial support, management oversight and opportunities for students to gain real-world experience beyond Hawaiʻi. With more than $1 billion in hotel holdings across the mainland, Jay Shidler, an alumnus of Shidler College and its largest donor, plans to develop internships for students. For all tenured and tenure-track TIM School faculty, Shidler has committed a $1.55 million gift to fund an initial two years of summer research support and will offer matching funds for six new faculty endowments in the TIM School.

The college also has secured two Asia-Pacific based alumni gifts, which includes $500,000 for a distinguished professorship for the the new TIM School leader, and a $250,000 faculty fellowship.

Learn more about the merger.

Shidler College of Business/TIM School FAQ

How long have you been discussing the possibility of integrating the School of Travel Industry Management (TIM School) and Shidler College of Business?

We have spent more than a year discussing the possibility and we think it is a good idea for several reasons:

  • Workforce development is a major concern in tourism, one of the world’s largest industries. Shidler College of Business joining forces with the School of Travel Industry Management (TIM School) will help provide professionals who are qualified for leadership opportunities in the local and global tourism industries.
  • The TIM School will retain its identity and focus on the tourism industry while operating under a “school-within-a-college” model. This model has been successful at the Shidler College and other top hospitality schools nationally and internationally.
  • The recombined college will build on the TIM School’s legacy and strengthen relationships with the community, industry, alumni, and students, as it did under Dean Chuck Gee’s visionary leadership.

If the schools are integrated, does this mean the TIM School will become obsolete?

Absolutely not! The TIM School would become a “school-within-a-college” in Shidler College. The TIM School will have a full-time executive leader who will be Director of the TIM School and Associate Dean of Shidler College. This allows the TIM School to retain its identity and focus on Hawaiʻi’s largest industry.

Are there plans to change the TIM School curriculum?

The curriculum of the TIM School will always be focused on the travel industry. However, TIM students will be able to enjoy a wider range of course offerings through Shidler College. These courses will help strengthen their core business knowledge, which sets a stronger foundation for top careers in the hospitality industry.

Will this affect the TIM School accreditation with Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA)?

No. In fact, it may strengthen the school’s accreditation. According to Cornell University and Virginia Tech University, in today’s tourism industry there is a greater need for students to have a strong business foundation. Local industry leaders have also told us the same thing. They want candidates with a solid business background.

What will happen to George Hall and other TIM designated facilities?

There are no plans to physically move the TIM School. In fact, private funding will be raised to upgrade existing facilities as part of a major fundraising strategy for the TIM School.

Will this affect the ease of transferability of students from hospitality, tourism, and travel programs in the community colleges?

Does this integration mean there will be a reduction in student services like academic advising, internship, and career placement?

No. In fact, the integration will result in additional opportunities. Shidler College has excellent relationships within Hawaiʻi’s business community, including the hospitality and tourism industry. Jay Shidler, a major Shidler College philanthropist with over $1 billion in hotel holdings on the mainland, has committed to developing internship opportunities for TIM students.

What will happen to the TIM faculty? Does this mean there will be layoffs in the near future?

No, but there are plans to give the TIM School faculty more support. For the first two years, Jay Shidler will offer summer research support for all tenured and tenure-track TIM faculty and matching funds for six new faculty endowments in the TIM School. The goal is to elevate the visibility of the TIM faculty’s research and stature of the school. The faculty has done excellent work over the years, and we think they deserve more recognition. In addition, two TIM alumni from the Asia-Pacific region have already matched funds for two additional faculty endowments—a $500,000 professorship and a $250,000 faculty fellowship.

Will the TIM School lose any of its signature events like Legacy in Tourism, Nā Kukui Netlinks, Student-Industry Networking, TIM Commencement, and Welcome Orientations?

Are there other schools within the Shidler College of Business?

Yes. Since joining Shidler College of Business, the School of Accountancy has thrived under the “school-within-a-college” model. The school has its own director, and has increased its resources and strengthened the quality of its program, faculty and students after integrating with Shidler College. The school also enjoys a strong alumni network, most private support, and has its own advisory board.

Does integrating the TIM School with the Shidler College of Business mean students and faculty will reap the benefits of Jay Shidler’s transformative gift?

Jay Shidler has committed a separate $1.55 million gift to fund an initial two years of summer research support for all tenured and tenure-track faculty. He has also pledged to develop internships for TIM students at his hotel properties in an effort to give them more diverse internship opportunities. Jay Shidler currently owns more than 25 hotels in several states across the mainland. Since Jay’s first major naming gift in 2006, we have learned these gifts stimulate other gifts as donors see exciting change happening and want to be part of it. We would love to see the same excitement happen with the TIM School.

Can you give an example of the “school-within-a-college” model working at the Shidler College of Business?

The TIM School operated successfully under this model until it separated from the College of Business Administration (now Shidler College of Business) in 1992. Many of the TIM School’s most successful alumni attribute their success to the strong business foundation they received in this combined college. In addition, the School of Accountancy has strengthened the quality of its program, faculty, and students since becoming part of Shidler College.

Can you name some top schools that are thriving with this “school-within-a-college” structure?

Yes. We have been in close touch with the administration at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, which joined forces with two accredited business programs in 2016. They are the number one school in the nation and have reported great success in hiring new faculty thanks to the appeal of a larger school, improved services for all schools, and a large naming gift from SC Johnson.

We have also been in close touch with Virginia Tech University. Administrators at Howard Feiertag Department of Hospitality and Tourism have reported increased support from the local tourism industry including work opportunities for students and a donation from Marriott International that will help pay for a brand-new kitchen facility closer to Pamplin College of Business.

What student outreach efforts did you make in this process?

We spent the past year engaging with students through various avenues, including council meetings and town hall seminars. Some of the benefits TIM students will gain from Shidler College joining forces with the TIM School will include more internship opportunities, increased resources, and a stronger business foundation that will prepare them for some of the top-paying jobs in Hawaiʻi’s tourism industry.

At one point, the TIM School was considered one of the best schools in the world, what does this merger mean in terms of the school’s global recognition?

Shidler College’s growing Asia-Pacific presence will help strengthen the TIM School’s relationships with key influencers and alumni in the region, which will better serve international students. Our plan is to build on the TIM School’s legacy under Dean Gee’s visionary leadership.