Ed Merritt, Ph.D., PKE MBA ’96

ed.merrittEd has been named interim dean of The Collins College of Hospitality Management while California State Polytechnic University, Pomona conducts a national search for the dean position.

Ed is the James A. Collins Distinguished Professor of Management and an accomplished industry executive. He joined The Collins College faculty in 2000. He is highly regarded by students and his peers, who have selected him as Professor of the Year five times, and he was last year’s Outstanding Advisor of the Year.

Before entering the world of academia, Ed spent 25 years in the hospitality industry, where his primary focus was resort club development and management. Notably, as chief operating officer and general manager of Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club, he oversaw the planning, development and management of the club. As COO and general manager of Sawgrass, he managed an equity conversion and transition of the resort from developer-owned to member-owned.

Ed Merritt, Ph.D., PKE MBA ’96

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