Alum inducted into hall of fame



Jan Hazelton, WSU School of Hospitality Business Management (SHBM) alum, will be speaking at the annual Bellhop dinner on Feb. 28. She will receive a plaque recognizing her achievements.


WSU School of Hospitality Business Management (SHBM) alum inducted alumnus Jan Hazelton into its Hall of Fame. 

Hazelton is a Seattle native and attended WSU from 1978-1983 where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in hotel administration and a degree in business administration as well as a minor in accounting. 

Her career began at the Westin Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles where she was a part of the management training program. Today, she is vice president of global business and real estate development at Kerzner International in London.

Hazelton is director of the International Hotel Investment Council. She speaks frequently at conferences about hospitality and management.

Angie Senter, the Carson College event coordinator, said Hazelton is one of seven inductees who were chosen for their impact in the hospitality industry.

She said Hazelton has a lot of international hotel experience, which is a key component to the SHBM curriculum. 

Bob Harrington, a director and professor for SHBM, said Hazelton is internationally recognized for helping hotel development and resort properties that she works with. Hazelton was responsible for the development of two luxury resorts which have been recognized internationally for their quality, he said. 

“Jan is a very respected leader in the hospitality field,” he said. 

Senter said past inductees submit proposals of people who they would like to have considered for induction. Then, the past inductees meet as a group to discuss who will be chosen. 

Hazelton is also the featured speaker for 2020’s Burtenshaw Lecture. She will be delivering her speech “What a journey! Did I choose the path or did the path choose me?” at 1:25 p.m. on Feb. 27 in the CUB Auditorium.

“She has a lot to share in terms of her experiences with our students,” Harrington said. 

The Burtenshaw Lecture is presented annually by SHBM. 

Senter said it is unusual to have inductees deliver the Burtenshaw Lecture, but Hazelton was an exception. 

“We wanted a strong female hospitality individual to do the lecture,” Senter said. 

Hazelton and the other inductees will be recognized on Feb. 28 at the annual Bellhop dinner, according to the Bellhop website. The inductees will receive two complimentary tickets to the dinner. They will also be assigned a hospitality and business management student who will take them around WSU. 

The accomplishments of the recipients of the SHBM Hall of Fame award will be highlighted in several videos which will be shown during the dinner, according to the website. The videos will consist of interviews with people in the industry. The videos will show how the recipients have impacted others. Each inductee will receive a plaque recognizing their achievement.