Curriculum Vitae Donald G. Farr - FSU College of Business

Curriculum Vitae
Donald G. Farr
General Information
University address:
Rovetta Business Annex, Suite 314
821 Academic Way
P.O. Box 3061110
Tallahassee, Florida 32306-1110
Phone: 850 644-3888; Fax: 850-644-0915
E-mail address:
Web site:
Professional Preparation
Ph.D., Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL. Major: Sport Management.
Major Area: Political Economy and Sustainability
M.B.A., Campbell University, Buies Creek, NC. Major: Business
B.A., Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI. Major: Marketing and
Professional Golf Management.
Professional Credential(s)
"Class A" PGA Professional.
Professional Experience
2015 – Present
Interim Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, The College of Business,
Florida State University. Collaborates with the Dean, Associate Dean, and
other college associates to oversee academic programs and ensure quality
faculty and student support services. Assists with the supervision and
direction of the College of Business Graduate, undergraduate, and internship
programs’ day-to-day operations and attaining their strategic objectives.
2007– Present
Director Professional Golf Management, Professional Golf Management,
Florida State University. Development of PGA Golf Management curriculum.
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Foster relationships with industry leaders and PGA of America. Financial
oversight of PGA Golf Management program. Recruitment of qualified
students. Oversee two PGA Golf Management associates. Ensure all students
meet FSU and PGM academic requirements. Supervise accreditation process
for PGA Golf Management program. Secure internship sites for 90 PGA Golf
Management students annually.
Assistant Director, Dedman School of Hospitality, Florida State University.
Assist the Director of the Dedman School of Hospitality as requested by the
Director. Assist the Director of the Dedman School with managing On-Line
Curriculum. Assist the Director with University and College certification
processes. Manage all Dedman School of Hospitality Finances.
Resort Manager/Director of Operations, Mid Pines Inn and Golf Club/Pine
Needles Lodge and Golf Club. Primarily responsible for the financial health of
the resort operations. Analyzed income, cash flow, balance sheet, and other
resort financial statements. Developed operating budgets for Mid Pines and
Pine Needles resorts. Was responsible for approval of tournament contracts,
accounts payable, labor costs, and fiscal controls. Oversaw the daily operation
of resorts with direct reports including Mid Pines Comptroller, Food and
Beverage Manager, Executive Chef, Maintenance Engineer, Director of
Housekeeping, Director of Guest Services, Conference Service Manager,
Head Golf Professional. Director of Golf at Mid Pines and Pine Needles, host
of the 1996, 2001, and 2007 Women's U.S. Open Golf Championships.
Created cooperate marketing strategies, golf packaging, associate policies, and
capital improvements in coordination with Executive Team. Imparted quality
leadership for up to 200 associates. Provided for the training and development
of all department heads and other personnel.
Ensured that a positive and healthy work environment exists throughout the
entire resort. Established job descriptions, annual performances, policies and
procedures for associates. Ensured a positive and healthy work environment
existed throughout the entire resort.
General Manager, Seven Lakes Country Club, West End, NC. Was directly
responsible for the management and operation of Seven Lakes Country Club
including oversight with all financial and accounting procedures, membership,
food and beverage, golf shop operations, and golf course maintenance
departments. Developed and approved all operating, cash flow, and capital
budgets. Directed annual audit performed by outside accounting agency.
Negotiated property tax evaluations with county. Led the Board of Directors
in transforming the club from a private, not-for-profit equity club to a
semi-private for-profit equity club. Developed an emeritus program for
members. Ensured the enforcement of the club's by-laws and policies.
Originated marketing and promotional strategies including membership
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drives, increasing non-member play, and in-house promotions. Provided
leadership and guidance to the club's department managers. Assisted the
Board of Directors with designing policy and long range planning.
PGA Golf Professional, Seven Lakes Country Club, West End, NC.
Responsible for the total golf operation. Maximized golf rounds at 41,000
including member and non-member play. Attract, Oversee, and Host,
Professional, Charitable, and Membership events. Owned and operated
merchandising program with annual sales in excess of $125,000. Created
successful tournament program with over 30 membership events annually.
Developed instructional programs for members, juniors, and physically
challenged golfers. Instructed several clinics for the Special
Olympics.Exceeded all financial expectations every year of my employment
at Seven Lakes Country Club.
Courses Taught
Advanced Club Management (HFT4334)
Advanced Professional Golf Management (HFT3355)
Agronomy (HFT3354)
Club Management (HFT3277)
Directed Individual Study (HFT4905)
European Food, Wine, and Culture (HFT4930)
European Luxury Hotels (HFT4930)
European Travel and Tourism (HFT4930)
Hospitality Careers (HFT2001)
Hospitality Financial Analysis (HFT3424)
Intermediate Professional Golf Management (HFT3353)
Professional Golf Management Orientation (HFT1382)
Financial Analysis (HFT4905)
Fiscal Management in Sport (SPM5508)
International Food, Wine and Culture (HFT4930)
International Hosp. Cases (HFT4905)
Introduction to Global Club Management (HFT 3100)
Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism Management (HFT1000)
Introduction to Professional Golf Management (HFT2352)
Lodging and Luxury Hotel Management (HFT4253)
Managing Revenues and Expenses (HFT4471)
Managing Service Organizations (HFT3240)
Special Topics in Hospitality Administration (HFT4930)
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Research and Original Creative Work
Invited Book Chapters
Farr, D. G. (2014). Golf Management. In R. Brymer, & Johanson, M. (Eds.), Hospitality: An
Introduction (pp.327-336). Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall Hunt Publishing.
Farr, D. G. (2011). Golf Management. In R. Brymer, & M. Johanson (Eds.), Hospitality: An
Introduction (pp. 251-258). Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall Hunt Publishing.
Refereed Newsletter Articles
Farr, D. G., & Rodenberg, R. (2011). Player restrictions in Asian tour golf. Sports Litigation
Alert Archives, 1-3.
Florida State University
FSU College Service
International Programs ad hoc Committee (2014 - Present)
On-Line Quality Committee (2014 - Present)
Student’s Rights and Responsibilities Committee (2014)
Member, College of Business Ethics Committee (2008–2010).
FSU Department Service
Student Advisor, Professional Golfers Association of America (2007–2015).
Finance Director, Dedman School of Hospitality (2008–present).
Director, Hospitality Study Abroad, Leysin Switzerland (2010, 2011, 2013).
Student Advisor, Club Managers Association of America (2007–2013).
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Member, Dedman School of Hospitality Scholarship Committee (2007–2008).
Professional Service
Service to Professional Associations
President, Sandhill's Hospitality Association (2004).
Vice President, Sandhill's Golf Association (2003–2004).
Adjunct Instructor, Professional Golf Management Program, Campbell University
Treasurer, Sandhill's Golf Association (2001–2002).
Golf Instructor, Special Olympics (1988–2002).
Awards and Honors Chairman, Carolinas Professional Golf Association (1999–2000).
Governance Chairman, Carolinas Professional Golf Association (1999–2000).
Member, Board of Directors, Carolinas Professional Golf Association (1996–2000).
Education Chairman, Carolinas Professional Golf Association (1997–1999).
Education Committee, Carolinas Professional Golf Association (1987–1999).
Instructor, Pre-Business School Seminars (1990–1997).
Instructor, Wellness Center for Rehabilitation Students (1992–1996).
Apprentice and Assistance Chairman, Carolinas Professional Golf Association (1988).
Co-Founder, Easers Seals Clinics for Physically Challenged Golfers (1986).
Professional activities that occurred prior to my employment at FSU.
Non-degree Education and Training
Business Communications Course, PGA of America.
Customer Relations Course, PGA of America.
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Executive Management Course, PGA of America.
Food and Beverage Course, PGA of America.
Golf Operations Course, PGA of America.
Golf Operations Course, PGA of America.
Human Resources Course, PGA of America.
Inventory Management/Financial Controls Course, PGA of America.
Key Performance Indicators and Benchmarking Course, PGA of America.
Tournament Operations Course, PGA of America.
Turfgrass Management Course, PGA of America.
Business Planning and Budgeting Course, PGA of America.
Avoiding Sexual Discrimination, Jackson Lewis Law Firm.
Excellence in Teaching, PN.
OSHA, Jackson Lewis Law Firm.
Teaching the Teacher, David Orr, Michael Hebron.
Hospitality Education, SHCC.
Point of Sale Management, SGC.
Golf Management II, Paul Demick.
The Bottom Line, Tom Kendrick.
Tournament Administration, Chris Mesenski.
Managing and Motivating, CPGA.
Teaching the Rules of Golf, Jack Nance.
Career Services, Dalton Floyd.
Full Swing, Hank Haney.
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Psychology of Teaching, Dr. Richard Coop.
Short Game Instruction, Dave Pelz.
Teaching the Female Golfer, Betsy Clark.
The importance of Instruction, Jim Mclean.
Club Fitting and Repair, Henry Griffiths.
Expanding Your Market, Willis Denmark.
Leasing Verses Owning, Bill Gordon.
Sales Psychology, Dr. Aryeh Nesher.
Motivation, John Doerr.
Retailing Hard Goods, Zack Veasey.
Business Writing, Mary Hart.
Communication Skills, Bruce Sudderth.
Food and Beverage, Gordon Cox.
Golf Advantage Teaching Summit, Pinehurst Resort.
Motivation, George Shinn.
Swings of the Great Ball Strikers, Jimmy Ballard.
Teaching Philosophy, David Ledbetter.
Business Planning, CPGA.
Scoreboard Workshop, Steve Behr.
Tournament Administration, Bill Clemmer.
Tournament Administration, Jim Duncan.
Sports Psychology, Dr. Bob Rotello.
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Honors, Awards, and Prizes
2006 Professional Golf Association President's Council Certificate
Awarded “Horton Smith Trophy” for outstanding achievement in education by the PGA of
America Carolinas Section.
Current Memberships in Professional Organizations
Club Managers' Association of America
Professional Golfers Association of America
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