Francis Kwansa

Associate Chairperson, Associate Professor

Department: Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Management
Campus Address: 116 Raub Hall
Newark, DE 19716
Phone: 302-831-6083


Dr. Kwansa is the Associate Chair and past Interem Chair of the Department of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management. Previously, he was the Director of Graduate Studies and Coordinator of the MBA/HRIM 4+1+1 program. He teaches courses in Financial Management and Managerial Accounting. He has been on the faculty of the Hospitality and Tourism Management Department at Virginia Tech and the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University, where he taught graduate and undergraduate courses in hospitality financial management and managerial accounting.

His industry experience includes managerial positions with Pizza Hut and the U.S. Army Reserves as a Food Service Specialist for eight years. He has published widely in both academic and trade journals, and is listed in the Who's Who of the Lodging Industry. He is the past President of the Association of Hospitality Financial Management Educators, Associate Editor of the Journal of Hospitality Financial Management, and member of the Financial Management Committee of the AH&LA. He also serves on the editorial boards of the Consortium Journal, Journal of Quality Assurance in Hospitality and Tourism, and the Journal of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Science.

His honors include the Alumni Excellence in Teaching Award and the Affirmative Action Award both from Virginia Tech. Dr. Kwansa has a Ph.D degree from Virginia Tech in Hospitality and Tourism Management (specializing in Finance and Statistics), masters degree from Virginia State University in Economics, and a bachelors in Economics and Psychology from University of Ghana.

The Lerner College is home to a state-of-the-art financial trading facility, the $1.4 million student-led Blue Hen Investment Fund, a student-managed restaurant and hotel, a high-technology development center of a global bank and a start-up experience for students with new business ideas.

Lerner College faculty - like Anu Sivaraman, who is among Social Media Marketing Magazine’s “Top 100 Marketing Professors on Twitter” and’s “Top 50 Marketing Professors on Twitter” - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

All Lerner College departments offer experience-driven learning and emphasize evidence-based analytics methods to enrich the student experience. Here, finance students visit New York City’s financial districts for a first-hand look at markets trading and to meet with UD alumni.

Charles W. Horn, AS75, and wife Patricia, recently made a $3 million commitment to enhance and expand entrepreneurial studies.

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