colpittsGarry Colpitts: Culinary Services Manager

A Canadian native, Chef Colpitts is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of Canada and Holland College of the Province of Prince Edward Island. He has worked in hotels and resorts specializing in international cuisine, chocolate and breads. Colpitts is an ACF Certified Executive Chef with the American Culinary Federation.

Before joining USF Sarasota-Manatee as the Culinary Services Manager for the Culinary Innovation Labs in Lakewood Ranch, he was program manager of the Culinary Arts program at Manatee Technical institute in Bradenton, Fla.


Donald Wood: Instructor

Mr. Donald Wood is a new Instructor within the College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership. After receiving a BBA from the University of Mississippi, Don Wood co-founded and managed an award winning restaurant and bar concept in Memphis, Tennessee, which has multiple units still operating. After 30+ years in the hospitality industry he returned to graduate school and received an M.S. in hospitality administration from Oklahoma State University. Additionally, he completed the course requirements for a Ph.D. in Hospitality at OSU.

He was a faculty member and Director of Catering Operations at the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for 10 years before joining the faculty at the College of Hospitality and Tourism Leadership.

Phone: 941-388-8977