SHL grad student enjoyed program's flexibility

Bryant Culbreth is enrolled in the School of Hospitality Leadership‘s online Sustainable Tourism & Hospitality Masters program. A native of Plymouth, North Carolina, Culbreth chose the program because of the flexibility it affords. He says the “program allows me to complete coursework from any location while catering to my schedule.”

How? Culbreth continues. “I just completed a park ranger position at Cabrillo National Monument in sunny San Diego, California, 2,500+ miles away from East Carolina University.”

“I moved to the southeastern part of the state to attend college at UNC-Wilmington, where I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Parks & Recreation Management with a focus in Tourism & Commercial Recreation. The degree allowed me many opportunities to travel and work with the National Park Service.  Along with San Diego, my service locations have included Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming), Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park (Texas), and Kenai Fjords National Park (Alaska).

ECU and the SHL caught my eye due to its MS – Sustainable Tourism & Hospitality degree.  I love to travel, and I dream of owning a restaurant. In this program, both of my passions can come together.  A couple of my current research projects include rural tourism in Plymouth, North Carolina and sustainability in National Parks.  Also, I am the president of the Tourism, Hospitality & Sports Management Society at ECU.

My time at ECU has been amazing. The staff is very helpful, and they have great experience working in these fields. The master’s degree program helps me network with many people in the tourism, sport and hospitality fields.  Also, the course work is excellent.  We deal with many case studies and current issues.

I believe this degree will help me open a restaurant in the future or land a tourism position in the NC Triangle or Eastern North Carolina

As a plus,  I grew up going to ECU athletic events, so it is an honor to wear the purple and gold as a student.

Go, Pirates!”

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