DePaul to use donation for hospitality school

September 22, 2008 5:48:04 AM PDT
DePaul University says it'll use a $7.5 million donation to launch a hospitality school that'll train tourism-industry managers starting next fall. The school will establish a bachelor's degree program to prepare students for management of hotels, convention facilities, restaurants and other tourism ventures.

The $7.5 million gift came from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

It's the second-largest private donation received by the university. And DePaul has agreed to match it by raising $9.1 million.

The grant will be formally announced this week.

DePaul says the school will help provide a steady stream of highly train managers for the tourism industry.

Chicago-area industry employs nearly 300,000 workers, up 18 percent from five years ago.