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Rita and Navin Dimond family donates $1.5 million to MSU Denver’s Hotel Management Program

Contact: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705

Posted: May 21, 2014

DENVER – Metropolitan State University of Denver’s President Stephen Jordan announced that Rita and Navin Dimond have committed $1.5 million to the Hospitality, Tourism and Events Department to support the Hotel Management Program and the Hospitality Learning Center (HLC). In recognition of this gift, MSU Denver’s Hotel Management Program will be named in their honor. 

With a commitment to helping others achieve success through diversity and dedication, the Dimond family gift represents the largest personal contribution to MSU Denver to date. The Rita and Navin Dimond Hotel Management Program will bear the weight of the Dimond’s prestigious reputation through a shared commitment to excellence and a passion for fostering future hospitality leaders.

“The values and the legacy of the Dimond family are rooted within the hospitality industry’s most respected,” said President Jordan. “Their support will help us provide transformational career training and educational opportunities for students. I can’t think of a better role model in the hospitality industry than Navin Dimond, whose personal and professional story speaks for itself.”

A significant portion of the endowed gift will create the Dimond Fellowship Program, which will fund 10 student-fellows each year. Students entering the second semester of their junior year are eligible to apply, providing many unique professional development opportunities.

“Rita and I have a longstanding interest in supporting education.  We have a strong belief that higher education should be accessible to all students,” said Navin Dimond, president and CEO of Stonebridge Companies.  “Our fellowship will enable deserving students interested in hospitality to excel in a rich and captivating learning environment. We are hopeful that this program will support all MSU Denver students in pursuit of excellence and those who strive to make the world of hospitality a better place.”

Dimond gives back to the industry on several levels.  He serves on the Franchise Advisory Council for Hampton Inn Hotels by Hilton and on Marriott’s Residence Inn Advisory Board.  He serves on Washington State University’s College of Engineering and Architecture Executive Leadership Board and Cornell University’s Dean’s Advisory Board for the School of Hotel Administration. 

In the Denver community, Dimond serves on the Foundation Board of MSU Denver, is a board member of the Denver Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Metro Denver Sports Commission.  He is a trustee of the University of Denver, the Denver Kent School and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.  Dimond is a board member of the Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association (CH&LA) and served as chairman in 2003.  In 2008, he was inducted into the CH&LA Hall of Fame.   


Rita and Navin Dimond Hotel Management Program at MSU Denver’s Hospitality Learning Center

Conveniently located in downtown Denver on the Auraria Campus, the building is the first of its kind in the Rocky Mountain West, which connects a select-service hotel to learning facilities. The complex features a 150-room SpringHill Suites by Marriott, a 28,000-square-foot Hospitality Learning Center and a 5,000-square-foot conference center. The combination of classroom instruction and interactive laboratories provide an experiential curriculum for MSU Denver’s diverse undergraduate student population, as well as current professionals seeking continuing education.


About Metropolitan State University of Denver

MSU Denver is a leader in educating Coloradans in university programs particularly relevant to the state’s economy and the demands of today’s employers. With the highest number of ethnically-diverse students among the state’s four-year colleges, MSU Denver offers 55 majors plus master’s degrees in accounting, teaching and social work. More than 22,000 students are currently enrolled at MSU Denver, and 75 percent of the University’s 77,000 graduates have remained in Colorado as valuable members of the state’s workforce. 

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