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ELKINS – Local chef Melanie Campbell was recently honored by the West Virginia Hospitality and Tourism Association with an Excellence in Tourism Education Award for her 20+ years of service in the tourism and hospitality community.
Campbell, who is an Assistant Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Davis & Elkins College, is Vice-Chair of the Elkins-Randolph County Tourism CVB Board of Directors, where she assists in operations and oversees her entity.
“Chef Mel’s positive attitude, her creative approach to teaching and her community involvement in the field made her the ideal candidate for this honor,” said Anne Beardslee, executive director of Elkins-Randolph County Tourism CVB. “She has worked tirelessly in Randolph County for over 20 years.”
Campbell also teaches Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism Management, Resort Management, and Staple Foods. His courses in conferences and conventions, accommodation operations, food cost control, and food planning and quantity all include practical placements.
Classroom instruction, however, is only part of what makes Campbell such an important part of the hospitality industry. As an advisor to the Hospitality and Tourism Club, she travels across the state and beyond to give students the opportunity to experience tourism.
“Davis & Elkins College is honored to have both Professor Melanie Campbell and our Hospitality and Tourism Management program recognized by the West Virginia Hospitality and Tourism Association,” said D&E President Chris A. Wood. âAn award recognizing excellence in tourism education affirms the value D&E places on the quality and transformation of our educational offerings. The recognition of Professor Campbell is the result of years of dedication to her field and an unwavering commitment to her students.
Campbell is also a member of the board of directors for Rich Mountain Battlefield, the Historical Beverly Visitors Center, and the Randolph County Senior Center. His memberships and involvement in organizations include the West Virginia Hospitality and Tourism Association and the American Culinary Federation as a Certified Executive Chef.
“It was such an honor to nominate Chef Mel for this prestigious award”, said Beardslee. âWe all know people who teach for a living. Chef Mel lives her craft every day in every way – not just when she’s in front of students. I hope that whenever she decides to retire, she will become one of my volunteers. We would like to have his positivity in our building regularly. “