Name:  Kenneth Neal Ivory                                         Email:

Major: Food Service Management -1987               Occupation:  Hospitality Executive

Business and Job Title:  Creative Dining Services - Vice President of Operations

What is your fondest memory of your time spent in the college? 

My fondest memory was being selected to serve at President of the Georgia Student Home Economics Association (GSHE).  It was a great opportunity to gain leadership skills, building synergy, and professional networking opportunities.


How did FACS prepare you for your career?

FACS has succinctly prepared me for my phenomenal career in the hospitality industry by providing a solid academic foundation along with practical experience.  I served as Student Manager for Bolton Dining Hall, which gave me “real-life” experiences in institutional dining services and providing “leadership”.


Why do you give to FACS/UGA? 

I give to FACS/UGA because this is an expression of gratitude for what was given to me, which set the stage for success for my over thirty-year career in the hospitality industry.  It is important to support the sustainability of current programs and initiatives of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences for future students which continues to be a “benchmark” in graduating top talent which are transformational and entrepreneurial leaders in the industry.


What is the best advice you can share with current FACS students? 

The best advice to share with current FACS students would be to achieve a solid academic foundation with experiential learning opportunities in your major as you prepare for the industry/profession of your choice.  Study trends in the marketplace, be diligent in professional networking, be an innovator, be creative, have a passion to drive organizational and business results.  The most important advice would be to gain effective leadership skills while matriculating at UGA.

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