Local chef honored by state

Submitted photo Chef Melanie Campbell received the West Virginia Hospitality and Tourism Association Excellence in Tourism Education Award recently at the Greenbrier Resort. Tom Heywood from Bowles Rice Law Firm sponsored and presented the award.

ELKINS — Local chef Melanie Campbell was recently honored by the West Virginia Hospitality and Tourism Association with an Excellence in Tourism Education Award for her 20-plus years of service in the tourism and hospitality community.

Campbell, who is an Assistant Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Davis & Elkins College, serves as the Vice President of the Elkins-Randolph County Tourism CVB Board of Directors, where she contributes to the operation and oversees its entity.

“Chef Mel’s positive attitude, creative approach to instruction and community involvement in the field, made her the perfect candidate for this honor,” said Anne Beardslee, executive director of the Elkins-Randolph County Tourism CVB. “She has worked tirelessly in Randolph County for over 20 years.”

Campbell also teaches Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism Management, Resort Management, and Basic Foods. Her Conference and Convention, Lodging Operations, Food Costs Control, and Planning and Quantity Foods classes all include hands-on practicums.

Classroom teaching is only one part of what makes Campbell an important part of the hospitality industry, though. As advisor of the Hospitality and Tourism Club, she travels across the state and beyond to give students opportunities to experience tourism.

“Davis & Elkins College is honored to have both Professor Melanie Campbell and our Hospitality and Tourism Management Program recognized by the West Virginia Hospitality and Tourism Association,” said D&E President Chris A. Wood. “An award recognizing excellence in tourism education affirms the value D&E places on quality and transformation within our educational offerings. Professor Campbell’s recognition is a result of years of dedication to her field and unyielding commitment to her students.”

Campbell is also a Board Member for Rich Mountain Battlefield, The Historical Beverly Visitors Center, and the Randolph County Senior Center. Her memberships and participation in organizations include the West Virginia Hospitality and Tourism Association and the American Culinary Federation as a certified executive chef.

“It was such an honor to nominate Chef Mel for this prestigious award,” said Beardslee. “We all know people that teach for a living. Chef Mel lives her profession every day in every way – not just when she is in front of students. My hope is that whenever she decides to retire, that she will become one of my volunteers. We would love to have her positivity in our building on a regular basis.”


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