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Mr. Wilhelmsen

Kevin Wilhelmsen

Dean, University of Phoenix School of Business

Kevin Wilhelmsen is the program dean and faculty member for University of Phoenix School of Business. In this role, he is responsible for the development of industry-aligned curriculum, assessment of student learning outcomes, faculty scholarship and academic policy development. He regularly engages industry associations and employers to inform the University's curriculum and chairs the Business and Industry Relations Committee for the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, a global business accreditation association. Mr. Wilhelmsen leads the development of a portfolio of academic programs in industries including hospitality, retail and financial services. He recently worked with the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute to develop an industry-aligned associate degree and certificate program in Hospitality Fundamentals. Mr. Wilhelmsen holds a Master of Business Administration from University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Arizona. He regularly authors research articles for the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and is a site team evaluator for the organization.

Mr. Wilhelmsen can be contacted at 602-557-1262 or Kevin.Wilhelmsen@phoenix.edu

Coming up in May 2019...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Corporate Social Responsibility

The hotel industry has undertaken a long-term effort to build more responsible and socially conscious businesses. What began with small efforts to reduce waste - such as paperless checkouts and refillable soap dispensers - has evolved into an international movement toward implementing sustainable development practices. In addition to establishing themselves as good corporate citizens, adopting eco-friendly practices is sound business for hotels. According to a recent report from Deloitte, 95% of business travelers believe the hotel industry should be undertaking “green” initiatives, and Millennials are twice as likely to support brands with strong management of environmental and social issues. Given these conclusions, hotels are continuing to innovate in the areas of environmental sustainability. For example, one leading hotel chain has designed special elevators that collect kinetic energy from the moving lift and in the process, they have reduced their energy consumption by 50%  over conventional elevators. Also, they installed an advanced air conditioning system which employs a magnetic mechanical system that makes them more energy efficient. Other hotels are installing Intelligent Building Systems which monitor and control temperatures in rooms, common areas and swimming pools, as well as ventilation and cold water systems. Some hotels are installing Electric Vehicle charging stations, planting rooftop gardens, implementing stringent recycling programs, and insisting on the use of biodegradable materials. Another trend is the creation of Green Teams within a hotel's operation that are tasked to implement earth-friendly practices and manage budgets for green projects. Some hotels have even gone so far as to curtail or eliminate room service, believing that keeping the kitchen open 24/7 isn't terribly sustainable. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.