CMAA Comes to the School of Hospitality Leadership

Recently, the Board of Directors for the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) officially granted the charter for East Carolina University as the Association’s newest student chapter.

To earn a chapter charter, eligible student colonies must have at least ten student members over the course of two years and demonstrate membership growth, show support from their respective senior chapter of CMAA, support from the faculty or a university official, share the colony’s bylaws, and provide the university’s course catalog, highlighting the school’s club class.

The chapter will be operated out of the College’s School of Hospitality Leadership.

CMAA’s National Board, its Chapter Relations Committee and the staff team at CMAA National Headquarters is proud to welcome the ECU Student Chapter to the Club Managers Association of America. The persistence and hard work of the students and the support from the faculty advisor, Ms. Cynthia Deale, Ph.D., the University, and the Carolinas Chapter was well documented and the CMAA Board’s decision was unanimous.

Dr. Cynthia Deale

About the new chapter, Dr. Cynthia Deale said the goal of becoming a CMAA chapter began during the spring of 2015 as a student project in her club management class.

“Students have benefited from CMAA by being offered internships and jobs at a variety of clubs around the country and by continuing to learn about the club management profession through the chapter’s activities,” said Deale. “It is wonderful to see that the goal of making our colony into a chapter has been accomplished by a hardworking, determined, enthusiastic group of ECU Hospitality Management students.”

CMAA will host its 91st World Conference on Club Management in San Francisco, CA, March 2-6, 2018. During the Student Awards Breakfast, the ECU student chapter will be presented with its official charter and be recognized as our newest student chapter.

About CMAA

The Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) is the largest professional association for managers of membership clubs with 6,700 members throughout the US and internationally. Our managers operate more than 2,500 country, golf, athletic, city, faculty, military, town and yacht clubs. The objectives of the association are to promote relationships between club management professionals and other similar professions; to encourage the education and advancement of members; and to provide the resources needed for club managers to operate efficiently and successfully. CMAA is headquartered in Alexandria, VA, with 44 professional chapters and more than 45 student chapters and colonies. Learn more at

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