Riedel receives honorary degree at
Florida Southern College commencement ceremony
(Dec. 5, 2001) - Robert Arthur Riedel, member of the faculty of
the Dedman School of Hospitality at the Florida State University,
will receive an honorary degree of Doctor of Business during Florida
Southern College's commencement ceremony Dec. 15.
A 1947 graduate
of Florida Southern, Riedel is being recognized for his years of
service and leadership in the hospitality industry.
included service in all the elective chairs of the Florida Hotel
and Motel Association and the Florida Restaurant Association, and
the presidency of the American Hotel and Motel Association, both
subsidiaries of that association, the Educational Institute, and
the American Hotel Foundation.
Hotel and Motel Association awarded Riedel with its prestigious
Arthur Landstreet Steuben "Excalibur" Award for exceptional
merit on behalf of hospitality education. He was named recipient
of the 2001 Paul Brown Award for Distinguished Service to Hospitality
Education, recognizing his initiation of the Florida State University
Summer Hospitality Academy.
Dr. Thomas L.
Reuschling, president of FSC, stated, "Robert Riedel's energy
and talent have benefited thousands of individuals by broadening
educational and career opportunities in the field and by advancing
the state and nation's hospitality industries. Florida Southern
is proud to confer this honorary degree on a most deserving graduate."
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.