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UVU Professor Honored As Outstanding U.S. Educator

5 July 2011 3 Comments

July 5, 2011
For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807

Craig Huish, Utah Valley University professor and hospitality management coordinator, is the 2011 recipient of the prestigious Lamp of Knowledge Award for Outstanding United States Educator presented by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI). Huish received the award during the AH&LA Summer Summit in Atlanta, Ga., at the AH&LA Stars of the Industry Awards luncheon on June 15.

“The Lamp of Knowledge Award is presented to deserving individuals who demonstrate extraordinary commitment to advancing the quality of professionalism and education in the hospitality industry. We are thrilled that Craig has been nominated to receive this accolade in recognition for his dedication to Utah Valley University and contribution to the hospitality industry,” explains Norman Wright, dean of the Woodbury School of Business.

As a hospitality educator, Huish teaches courses in hospitality management, hotel operations, management, marketing and hospitality services, hospitality law and food and beverage management. He currently holds the position of Hospitality Management program coordinator and lecturer at UVU where he has been teaching for the last six years. Prior to UVU, Huish taught at Kapiolani Community College and Brigham Young University-Hawaii. He earned a master’s degree from BYU in educational leadership and Certified Hotel Administrator credentials from the Educational Institute of the American Hotel and Lodging Association.

“The foundation for every individual or company success in our industry begins with great teachers, educator, and mentors,” explains Robert L. Steele III, president and chief operating officer of AHLEI.  “That is why we take the opportunity to recognize, honor and award outstanding educators.”

He presently serves on the Utah Hotel and Lodging Association “Stars of the Industry Committee, the American Hotel and Lodging Association Education Advisory Committee and the I-CHRIE Education Advisory Committee.  He also serves as academic advisor to the UVU Eta Sigma Delta, National Minorities in Hospitality clubs and the Career and Technical Education Council.

Prior to his teaching career Huish spent over 40 years in the hospitality industry working in hotels, restaurants, and institutional food services operations. He has worked for BYU Food Services Management in all the boarding units including the Missionary Training Center. He served as director of BYUH Food Services, Casino Food Services, opening Restaurant Manager for the Mountain Springs Travel Center, kitchen manager of Old Salt City Jail Restaurant and waiter for El Azteca Restaurants. He started his hospitality career as a night auditor for Best Western Desert Inn.

For further information about the Woodbury School of Business Hospitality Program at UVU, please visit www.uvu.edu/woodbury/.

About the Woodbury School of Business

The Utah Valley University Woodbury School of Business (WSB) is the largest business school in the Utah System of Higher Education and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). In addition to traditional undergraduate courses of study in Accounting, Management, Marketing, Finance & Economics, Legal Studies and Hospitality, the WSB offers an executive MBA program that accommodates the schedule of working professionals through evening and weekend classes. The school is distinguished for its focus on student development, entrepreneurship, global involvement, innovative teaching and engaged learning projects and programs.

About the Educational Institute

Established in 1953, the Educational Institute, one of the finest nonprofit member benefits of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, is the premier source for delivering quality hospitality education, training and professional certification that serves the needs of hospitality schools and industries worldwide. The Educational Institute continues to meet and exceed its education and training mission by providing materials for all levels of hospitality personnel via: online learning, distance learning courses, videos, seminars, textbooks, and study guide. 

Professional certification from the Educational Institute is the ultimate distinction of professional excellence for the hospitality industry. The Educational Institute certifies and validates competencies in conjunction with academia and industry experts for over 35 positions in the hospitality industry.


About UVU

Utah Valley University is located in Orem, Utah, and is home to nearly 33,000 students. UVU began as a vocational school during World War II, and in the seven decades since has evolved into a technical school, community college, state college and, finally, a comprehensive regional teaching university. UVU is one of Utah’s largest institutions of higher learning and offers programs ranging from career training to high-demand master degrees, with emphasis on undergraduate education.


UVU professor Craig Huish receives Lamp of Knowledge Award from the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute

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  • O. Pat Barney said:

    Congratulations Craig!!! Pat Barney

  • Brent Eagar said:

    Congratulations, Craig! Hawaii is justly proud in claiming you as a “native son”. Keep up the good work.

  • Susan K Sorensen said:

    Congratulations, Craig! Your Laie 6th ward families are proud of your accomplishments and it is an honor knowing you.

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