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Alana Kathryn Dillette, daughter of Al and Kathryn Dillette has successfully defended her PhD dissertation on Friday 24th June at Auburn University. Dr. Dillette will officially graduate with her Doctorate of Philosophy in Hospitality & Tourism Management at commencement ceremonies to be held at the Auburn Arena 6th August, 2016, in Auburn, Alabama.
Alana graduated from St. Andrew’s International School in Nassau and came to Auburn University in 2005 as a member of the world renowned Auburn Swimming & Diving Team. Originally from the Island of Grand Bahama, she went on to be a part of two NCAA National Championship Women’s swim teams, and participated as a national swimmer for The Bahamas around the world, including the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Throughout her undergraduate career, she also managed to be an active member in student leadership organizations as well as gain work experience specializing in event planning and food and beverage management. After completing her first degree in 2010, Alana went on to pursue her Masters under the guidance of Auburn University Associate Professor, Dr. Alecia Douglas PhD., CHE. During this time she pursued research on volunteer tourism where she worked with The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism to evaluate different programs being run on Exuma, Eleuthera, Andros and Grand Bahama. Dr. Dillette will begin her professional career as an Assistant Professor at San Diego State University, San Diego, California in August 2016. Her position will include teaching, research and development in sustainable tourism initiatives and service to the community. Alongside this, Dr. Dillette plans to maintain her relationship with The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and The College of The Bahamas to continue to educate and inform the future of the Bahamian Tourism Experience.