MARIETTA — Kennesaw State University has announced it will phase out the Michael Leven School of Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality by spring of 2021 and that it is no longer accepting new students into the program.
The school will be absorbed by the Coles College of Business and given a new name: The Management, Entrepreneurship and Hospitality Program.
The School of Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality, which offers more than 30 courses a semester on different days to more than 1,000 students, began in 2013 as a small program with just 200 students. Two years later, the program received a $5 million endowment from Michael Leven, chairman and CEO of the Georgia Aquarium. It was the largest donation by an individual in the school’s history and the program was named for him.
Leven said Friday the decision would switch the CSH degree from a Bachelor of Science to a business administration degree with a major in hospitality, but said he wasn’t sure how much of the program’s culinary aspects would remain.