Ashland University to Operate Restaurant and Banquet Services at Country Club of Ashland

2/7/12 ASHLAND, OH --  Beginning on March 1, Ashland University will operate the restaurant and banquet facility at the Country Club of Ashland as part of a one-year pilot program, according to Ashland University President Dr. Fred Finks. 


Finks said the University will operate the restaurant and banquet facility through the University’s auxiliary services area, which plans to use Ashland University students in the hospitality management program and marketing program in the operation of the two areas. 


“We have very strong programs in these two areas and the operation of the restaurant and banquet services will provide hands-on opportunities for these students through internships and work-study programs,” Finks said.

Both the restaurant and banquet facilities at the Country Club are open to the public. Finks said the University will not be involved in any management of the golf course, swimming pool or tennis courts, and will not be responsible for any maintenance of the restaurant or banquet facility.


The test period will run through the end of December. The Country Club of Ashland is closed during the months of January and February.


Finks said the contract signed with the Country Club includes underwriters who will cover several contract stipulations. “The University has been guaranteed that it will not lose money on this venture, and our expectation is that in no way will we be diverting any resources from our academic mission,” he said.


Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2012, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.

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