HTM Retirement Announcements

With mixed feelings the College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism (CMHT) announces the retirement of Dr. Richard F. Tas and Mr. Jerry W. Dickenson.

Dr. Tas began his journey with us 31 years ago as an assistant professor and founder of the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM). Under his guidance, the foundation of HTM was firmly established, as evidenced by the program’s globally-recognized stature today.  Dr. Tas has always demonstrated a strong passion for teaching and student development, and garnered a global reputation for his research in the area of hospitality management competencies. 

His love for and commitment to students culminated in numerous teaching awards, including the UNT Student Association Honor Professor Award, UNT Pioneer Award for Distributed Learning, UNT President’s Council Teaching Award, Kappa Alpha Professor of the Year Award, Honors Professor Award, ‘Fessor Graham Award, and University Distinguished Teaching Professor Award. He retires at the rank of Full Professor.

Dr. Tas’ contributions to UNT and the College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism will not be forgotten, and he will be sorely missed. Please join the College in wishing him the best on the next steps of his journey.


Jerry W. Dickenson, CPA holds the Dedman Chair in Club Management in the Hospitality and Tourism Management Program at the University of North Texas. He is the Founding Chairman of the Board of Governors of the UNT Hospitality and Tourism Management Program in 1986, and served in that position until 1996 when he joined the HTM faculty. 

Mr. Dickenson spent 32 years with ClubCorp in Dallas, Texas. He was responsible for all operations of ClubCorp (the world’s largest operator of private county clubs) for fourteen years, with the final title of President. He was the Founding Chairman and CEO of Club Resorts, and served in this position until 1995. Club Resorts was best known for Pinehurst (The largest golf operation in the United States with nine golf courses) in North Carolina. Mr. Dickenson has served as a University Trustee since 1988, and he was the Centennial Year Distinguished Alumnus at UNT.  He is Managing Director of the Chief Executives Round Table (a Texas organization of 50 CEO’s), and has served in that position since 1997.

Although your departure will leave a huge gap in our department, we offer our best wishes on your next adventure, Mr. Dickenson!